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Structural Operational Semantics
 Handbook of Process Algebra
, 1999
"... Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) provides a framework to give an operational semantics to programming and specification languages, which, because of its intuitive appeal and flexibility, has found considerable application in the theory of concurrent processes. Even though SOS is widely use ..."
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Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) provides a framework to give an operational semantics to programming and specification languages, which, because of its intuitive appeal and flexibility, has found considerable application in the theory of concurrent processes. Even though SOS is widely used in programming language semantics at large, some of its most interesting theoretical developments have taken place within concurrency theory. In particular, SOS has been successfully applied as a formal tool to establish results that hold for whole classes of process description languages. The concept of rule format has played a major role in the development of this general theory of process description languages, and several such formats have been proposed in the research literature. This chapter presents an exposition of existing rule formats, and of the rich body of results that are guaranteed to hold for any process description language whose SOS is within one of these formats. As far as possible, the theory is developed for SOS with features like predicates and negative premises.
Turning SOS Rules into Equations
, 1994
"... Many process algebras are defined by structural operational semantics (SOS). Indeed, most such definitions are nicely structured and fit the GSOS format of [15]. We give a procedure for converting any GSOS language definition to a finite complete equational axiom system (possibly with one infinit ..."
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Many process algebras are defined by structural operational semantics (SOS). Indeed, most such definitions are nicely structured and fit the GSOS format of [15]. We give a procedure for converting any GSOS language definition to a finite complete equational axiom system (possibly with one infinitary induction principle) which precisely characterizes strong bisimulation of processes.
CCS with Hennessy’s merge has no finite equational axiomatization
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 2005
"... This paper confirms a conjecture of Bergstra and Klop’s from 1984 by establishing that the process algebra obtained by adding an auxiliary operator proposed by Hennessy in 1981 to the recursion free fragment of Milner’s Calculus of Communicationg Systems is not finitely based modulo bisimulation equ ..."
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This paper confirms a conjecture of Bergstra and Klop’s from 1984 by establishing that the process algebra obtained by adding an auxiliary operator proposed by Hennessy in 1981 to the recursion free fragment of Milner’s Calculus of Communicationg Systems is not finitely based modulo bisimulation equivalence. Thus Hennessy’s merge cannot replace the left merge and communication merge operators proposed by Bergstra and Klop, at least if a finite axiomatization of parallel composition is desired.
SOS formats and metatheory: 20 years after
, 2007
"... In 1981 Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) was introduced as a systematic way to define operational semantics of programming languages by a set of rules of a certain shape [G.D. Plotkin, A structural approach to operational semantics, Technical ..."
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In 1981 Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) was introduced as a systematic way to define operational semantics of programming languages by a set of rules of a certain shape [G.D. Plotkin, A structural approach to operational semantics, Technical
Finite axiom systems for testing preorder and De Simone Process Languages
, 2000
"... We prove that testing preorder of De Nicola and Hennessy is preserved by all operators of De Simone process languages. Building upon this result we propose an algorithm for generating axiomatisations of testing preorder for arbitrary De Simone process languages. The axiom systems produced by our alg ..."
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We prove that testing preorder of De Nicola and Hennessy is preserved by all operators of De Simone process languages. Building upon this result we propose an algorithm for generating axiomatisations of testing preorder for arbitrary De Simone process languages. The axiom systems produced by our algorithm are finite and complete for processes with nite behaviour. In order to achieve completeness for a subclass of processes with infiite behaviour we use one infinitary induction rule. The usefulness of our results is illustrated in specification and verification of small concurrent systems, where suspension, resumption and alternation of execution of component systems occur. We argue that better speci cations can be written in customised De Simone process languages, which contain both the standard operators as well as new De Simone operators that are specifically tailored for the task in hand. Moreover, the automatically generated axiom systems for such specification languages make the verification more straightforward.
Compositional Semantics and Behavioral Equivalences for P Systems
, 2008
"... The aim of the paper is to give a compositional semantics in the style of the Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) and to study behavioral equivalence notions for P Systems. Firstly, we consider P Systems with maximal parallelism and without priorities. We define a process algebra, called P Algebr ..."
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The aim of the paper is to give a compositional semantics in the style of the Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) and to study behavioral equivalence notions for P Systems. Firstly, we consider P Systems with maximal parallelism and without priorities. We define a process algebra, called P Algebra, whose terms model membranes, we equip the algebra with a Labeled Transition System (LTS) obtained through SOS transition rules, and we study how some equivalence notions defined over the LTS model apply in our case. Then, we consider P Systems with priorities and extend the introduced framework to deal with them. We prove that our compositional semantics reflects correctly maximal parallelism and priorities.
Formats of Ordered SOS Rules with Silent Actions
 Proceedings 7th Conference on Theory and Practice of Software Development (TAPSOFT'97), Lille, LNCS 1214
, 1997
"... We present a general and uniform method for defining structural operational semantics (SOS) of process algebra operators by traditional Plotkinstyle rules equipped with an ordering, the new feature which states the order of application of rules when deriving transitions of process terms. Our method ..."
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We present a general and uniform method for defining structural operational semantics (SOS) of process algebra operators by traditional Plotkinstyle rules equipped with an ordering, the new feature which states the order of application of rules when deriving transitions of process terms. Our method allows to represent negative premises and copying in the presence of silent actions. We identify a number of general formats of unordered and ordered rules with silent actions and show that divergence sensitive branching and weak bisimulation relations are preserved by all operators in the relevant formats. A comparison with the existing formats for branching and weak bisimulations shows that our formats are more general.
A Hierarchy of SOS Rule Formats
, 2005
"... In 1981 Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) was introduced as a systematic way to define operational semantics of programming languages by a set of rules of a certain shape [62]. Subsequently, the format of SOS rules became the object of study. Using socalled Transition System Specifications (TS ..."
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In 1981 Structural Operational Semantics (SOS) was introduced as a systematic way to define operational semantics of programming languages by a set of rules of a certain shape [62]. Subsequently, the format of SOS rules became the object of study. Using socalled Transition System Specifications (TSS’s) several authors syntactically restricted the format of rules and showed several useful properties about the semantics induced by any TSS adhering to the format. This has resulted in a line of research proposing several syntactical rule formats and associated metatheorems. Properties that are guaranteed by such rule formats range from welldefinedness of the operational semantics and compositionality of behavioral equivalences to security and probabilityrelated issues. In this paper, we provide an initial hierarchy of SOS rules formats and metatheorems formulated around them.
A syntactic commutativity format for SOS
 Information Processing Letters
, 2005
"... Considering operators defined using Structural Operational Semantics (SOS), commutativity axioms are intuitive properties that hold for many of them. Proving this intuition is usually a laborious task, requiring several pages of boring and standard proof. To save this effort, we propose a syntactic ..."
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Considering operators defined using Structural Operational Semantics (SOS), commutativity axioms are intuitive properties that hold for many of them. Proving this intuition is usually a laborious task, requiring several pages of boring and standard proof. To save this effort, we propose a syntactic SOS format which guarantees commutativity for a set of composition operators.
The Saga of the Axiomatization of Parallel Composition ⋆
"... Abstract. This paper surveys some classic and recent results on the finite axiomatizability of bisimilarity over CCSlike languages. It focuses, in particular, on nonfinite axiomatizability results stemming from the semantic interplay between parallel composition and nondeterministic choice. The pa ..."
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Abstract. This paper surveys some classic and recent results on the finite axiomatizability of bisimilarity over CCSlike languages. It focuses, in particular, on nonfinite axiomatizability results stemming from the semantic interplay between parallel composition and nondeterministic choice. The paper also highlights the role that auxiliary operators, such as Bergstra and Klop’s left and communication merge and Hennessy’s merge operator, play in the search for a finite, equational axiomatization of parallel composition both for classic process algebras and for their realtime extensions. 1 The Problem and its History Process algebras are prototype description languages for reactive systems that arose from the pioneering work of figures like Bergstra, Hoare, Klop and Milner. Wellknown examples of such languages are ACP [18], CCS [44], CSP [40] and Meije [13]. These algebraic description languages for processes differ in the basic collection of operators that they offer for building new process descriptions from existing ones. However, since they are designed to allow for the description and analysis of systems of interacting processes, all these languages contain some form of parallel composition (also known as merge) operator allowing one to put two process terms in parallel with one another. These operators usually interleave the behaviours of their arguments, and support some form of synchronization between them. For example, Milner’s CCS offers the binary operator , whose intended semantics is described by the following classic rules in the style of Plotkin [49]. x µ → x ′ x   y µ → x ′   y y µ → y ′ x   y µ → x   y ′ x α → x ′ , y ¯α → y ′ x   y τ → x ′   y ′ (In the above rules, the symbol µ stands for an action that a process may perform, α and ¯α are two observable actions that may synchronize, and τ is a symbol denoting the result of their synchronization.)