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Rewriting Logic as a Logical and Semantic Framework
, 1993
"... Rewriting logic [72] is proposed as a logical framework in which other logics can be represented, and as a semantic framework for the specification of languages and systems. Using concepts from the theory of general logics [70], representations of an object logic L in a framework logic F are und ..."
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Rewriting logic [72] is proposed as a logical framework in which other logics can be represented, and as a semantic framework for the specification of languages and systems. Using concepts from the theory of general logics [70], representations of an object logic L in a framework logic F are understood as mappings L ! F that translate one logic into the other in a conservative way. The ease with which such maps can be defined for a number of quite different logics of interest, including equational logic, Horn logic with equality, linear logic, logics with quantifiers, and any sequent calculus presentation of a logic for a very general notion of "sequent," is discussed in detail. Using the fact that rewriting logic is reflective, it is often possible to reify inside rewriting logic itself a representation map L ! RWLogic for the finitely presentable theories of L. Such a reification takes the form of a map between the abstract data types representing the finitary theories of...
Rewriting Logic as a Semantic Framework for Concurrency: a Progress Report
, 1996
"... . This paper surveys the work of many researchers on rewriting logic since it was first introduced in 1990. The main emphasis is on the use of rewriting logic as a semantic framework for concurrency. The goal in this regard is to express as faithfully as possible a very wide range of concurrency mod ..."
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. This paper surveys the work of many researchers on rewriting logic since it was first introduced in 1990. The main emphasis is on the use of rewriting logic as a semantic framework for concurrency. The goal in this regard is to express as faithfully as possible a very wide range of concurrency models, each on its own terms, avoiding any encodings or translations. Bringing very different models under a common semantic framework makes easier to understand what different models have in common and how they differ, to find deep connections between them, and to reason across their different formalisms. It becomes also much easier to achieve in a rigorous way the integration and interoperation of different models and languages whose combination offers attractive advantages. The logic and model theory of rewriting logic are also summarized, a number of current research directions are surveyed, and some concluding remarks about future directions are made. Table of Contents 1 In...
Metalogical Frameworks
, 1992
"... In computer science we speak of implementing a logic; this is done in a programming language, such as Lisp, called here the implementation language. We also reason about the logic, as in understanding how to search for proofs; these arguments are expressed in the metalanguage and conducted in the me ..."
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In computer science we speak of implementing a logic; this is done in a programming language, such as Lisp, called here the implementation language. We also reason about the logic, as in understanding how to search for proofs; these arguments are expressed in the metalanguage and conducted in the metalogic of the object language being implemented. We also reason about the implementation itself, say to know it is correct; this is done in a programming logic. How do all these logics relate? This paper considers that question and more. We show that by taking the view that the metalogic is primary, these other parts are related in standard ways. The metalogic should be suitably rich so that the object logic can be presented as an abstract data type, and it must be suitably computational (or constructive) so that an instance of that type is an implementation. The data type abstractly encodes all that is relevant for metareasoning, i.e., not only the term constructing functions but also the...
Maude as a Formal MetaTool
 FM’99 — Formal Methods, World Congress on Formal Methods in the Development of Computing Systems
, 1999
"... Given the different perspectives from which a complex software system has to be analyzed, the multiplicity of formalisms is unavoidable. This poses two important technical challenges: how to rigorously meet the need to interrelate formalisms, and how to reduce the duplication of effort in tool a ..."
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Given the different perspectives from which a complex software system has to be analyzed, the multiplicity of formalisms is unavoidable. This poses two important technical challenges: how to rigorously meet the need to interrelate formalisms, and how to reduce the duplication of effort in tool and specification building across formalisms. These challenges could be answered by adequate formal metatools that, when given the specification of a formal inference system, generate an efficient inference engine, and when given a specification of two formalisms and a translation, generate an actual translator between them. Similarly, module composition operations that are logicindependent, but that at present require costly implementation efforts for each formalism, could be provided for logics in general by module algebra generator metatools. The foundations of metatools of this kind can be based on a metatheory of general logics. Their actual design and implementation can be based on appropriate logical frameworks having efficient implementations. This paper explains how the reflective logical framework of rewriting logic can be used, in conjunction with an efficient reflective implementation such as the Maude language, to design formal metatools such as those described above. The feasibility of these ideas and techniques has been demonstrated by a number of substantial experiments in which new formal tools and new translations between formalisms, efficient enough to be used in practice, have been generated. 1
Axiomatizing Reflective Logics and Languages
 Proceedings of Reflection'96
, 1996
"... The very success and breadth of reflective techniques underscores the need for a general theory of reflection. At present what we have is a wideranging variety of reflective systems, each explained in its own idiosyncratic terms. Metalogical foundations can allow us to capture the essential aspects ..."
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The very success and breadth of reflective techniques underscores the need for a general theory of reflection. At present what we have is a wideranging variety of reflective systems, each explained in its own idiosyncratic terms. Metalogical foundations can allow us to capture the essential aspects of reflective systems in a formalismindependent way. This paper proposes metalogical axioms for reflective logics and declarative languages based on the theory of general logics [34]. In this way, several strands of work in reflection, including functional, equational, Horn logic, and rewriting logic reflective languages, as well as a variety of reflective theorem proving systems are placed within a common theoretical framework. General axioms for computational strategies, and for the internalization of those strategies in a reflective logic are also given. 1 Introduction Reflection is a fundamental idea. In logic it has been vigorously pursued by many researchers since the fundamental wor...
Local Specification of Distributed Families of Sequential Objects
 Recent Trends in Data Types Specification, Proc. 10th Workshop on Specification of Abstract Data Types joint with the 5th COMPASS Workshop, S.Margherita, Italy, May/June 1994, Selected papers
, 1995
"... . Fully concurrent models of distributed object systems are specified using linear temporal logic that does not per se cope with concurrency. This is achieved by employing the principle of local sequentiality: we specify from local viewpoints assuming that there is no intraobject concurrency but ful ..."
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. Fully concurrent models of distributed object systems are specified using linear temporal logic that does not per se cope with concurrency. This is achieved by employing the principle of local sequentiality: we specify from local viewpoints assuming that there is no intraobject concurrency but full interobject concurrency. Local formulae are labelled by identity terms. For interaction, objects may refer to actions of other objects, e.g., calling them to happen synchronously. A locality predicate allows for making local statements about other objects. The interpretation structures are global webs of local life cycles, glued together at shared communication events. These interpretation structures are embedded in an interpretation frame that is a labelled locally sequential event structure. Two initiality results are presented: the category of labelled locally sequential event structures has initial elements, and so has the full subcategory of those satisfying given temporal axioms. As...
Rewriting Logic as a Metalogical Framework
 Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2000
"... A metalogical framework is a logic with an associated methodology that is used to represent other logics and to reason about their metalogical properties. We propose that logical frameworks can be good metalogical frameworks when their logics support reective reasoning and their theories always ..."
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A metalogical framework is a logic with an associated methodology that is used to represent other logics and to reason about their metalogical properties. We propose that logical frameworks can be good metalogical frameworks when their logics support reective reasoning and their theories always have initial models. We present a concrete realization of this idea in rewriting logic. Theories in rewriting logic always have initial models and this logic supports reective reasoning. This implies that inductive reasoning is valid when proving properties about the initial models of theories in rewriting logic, and that we can use reection to reason at the metalevel about these properties. In fact, we can uniformly reect induction principles for proving metatheorems about rewriting logic theories and their parameterized extensions. We show that this reective methodology provides an eective framework for dierent, nontrivial, kinds of formal metatheoretic reasoning; one can...
Reflection in General Logics, Rewriting Logic, and Maude
, 1998
"... This paper is a summary of my PhD dissertation in which: general axiomatic notions of reflective logic and of strategy, based on the theory of general logics, are proposed; a detailed proof that rewriting logic satisfies the axiomatic definition of reflective logic is given; and the great practical ..."
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This paper is a summary of my PhD dissertation in which: general axiomatic notions of reflective logic and of strategy, based on the theory of general logics, are proposed; a detailed proof that rewriting logic satisfies the axiomatic definition of reflective logic is given; and the great practical importance of these concepts when a reflective logic becomes implemented as a reflective declarative languageas it is the case for a system such as Maudeis illustrated in a wide range of application areas through relevant examples.
Executable Tile Specifications for Process Calculi
, 1999
"... . Tile logic extends rewriting logic by taking into account sideeffects and rewriting synchronization. These aspects are very important when we model process calculi, because they allow us to express the dynamic interaction between processes and "the rest of the world". Since rewriting log ..."
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. Tile logic extends rewriting logic by taking into account sideeffects and rewriting synchronization. These aspects are very important when we model process calculi, because they allow us to express the dynamic interaction between processes and "the rest of the world". Since rewriting logic is the semantic basis of several language implementation efforts, an executable specification of tile systems can be obtained by mapping tile logic back into rewriting logic, in a conservative way. However, a correct rewriting implementation of tile logic requires the development of a metalayer to control rewritings, i.e., to discard computations that do not correspond to any deduction in tile logic. We show how such methodology can be applied to term tile systems that cover and extend a wideclass of SOS formats for the specification of process calculi. The wellknown casestudy of full CCS, where the term tile format is needed to deal with recursion (in the form of the replicator operator), is di...
Formal Interoperability
, 1998
"... this paper I briefly sketch recent work on metalogical foundations that seems promising as a conceptual basis on which to achieve the goal of formal interoperability. Specificaly, I will briefly discuss: ..."
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this paper I briefly sketch recent work on metalogical foundations that seems promising as a conceptual basis on which to achieve the goal of formal interoperability. Specificaly, I will briefly discuss: