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Computing with Capsules
, 2011
"... Capsules provide a clean algebraic representation of the state of a computation in higherorder functional and imperative languages. They play the same role as closures or heap or stackallocated environments but are much simpler. A capsule is essentially a finite coalgebraic representation of a reg ..."
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Capsules provide a clean algebraic representation of the state of a computation in higherorder functional and imperative languages. They play the same role as closures or heap or stackallocated environments but are much simpler. A capsule is essentially a finite coalgebraic representation of a regular closed λcoterm. One can give an operational semantics based on capsules for a higherorder programming language with functional and imperative features, including mutable bindings. Lexical scoping is captured purely algebraically without stacks, heaps, or closures. All operations of interest are typable with simple types, yet the language is Turing complete. Recursive functions are represented directly as capsules without the need for unnatural and untypable fixpoint combinators. 1
Synchronous Kleene Algebra
, 2009
"... The work presented here investigates the combination of Kleene algebra with the synchrony model of concurrency from Milner’s SCCS calculus. The resulting algebraic structure is called synchronous Kleene algebra. Models are given in terms of sets of synchronous strings and finite automata accepting s ..."
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The work presented here investigates the combination of Kleene algebra with the synchrony model of concurrency from Milner’s SCCS calculus. The resulting algebraic structure is called synchronous Kleene algebra. Models are given in terms of sets of synchronous strings and finite automata accepting synchronous strings. The extension of synchronous Kleene algebra with Boolean tests is presented together with models on sets of guarded synchronous strings and the associated automata on guarded synchronous strings. Completeness w.r.t. the standard interpretations is given for each of the two new formalisms. Decidability follows from completeness. Kleene algebra with synchrony should be included in the class of true concurrency models. In this direction, a comparison with Mazurkiewicz traces is made which yields their incomparability with synchronous Kleene algebras (one cannot simulate the other). On the other hand, we isolate a class of pomsets which captures exactly synchronous Kleene algebras. We present an application to Hoarelike reasoning about parallel programs in the style of synchrony.
Capsules and Closures: a SmallStep Approach
"... Abstract. We present a side by side comparison of Capsules and Closures, including a proof of bisimilarity, using smallstep semantics. A similar proof was presented in [8], using bigstep semantics. However, while bigstep semantics only allow to talk about final results of terminating computations ..."
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Abstract. We present a side by side comparison of Capsules and Closures, including a proof of bisimilarity, using smallstep semantics. A similar proof was presented in [8], using bigstep semantics. However, while bigstep semantics only allow to talk about final results of terminating computations, the use of smallstep semantics allows to prove a stronger bisimilarity involving every step of the computation and thus also applicable to infinite computations. 1