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Geometry of Interaction and Linear Combinatory Algebras
, 2000
"... this paper was quite di#erent, stemming from the axiomatics of categories of tangles (although the authors were aware of possible connections to iteration theories. In fact, similar axiomatics in the symmetric case, motivated by flowcharts and "flownomials" had been developed some years ea ..."
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this paper was quite di#erent, stemming from the axiomatics of categories of tangles (although the authors were aware of possible connections to iteration theories. In fact, similar axiomatics in the symmetric case, motivated by flowcharts and "flownomials" had been developed some years earlier by Stefanescu (Stefanescu 2000).) However, the first author realized, following a stimulating discussion with Gordon Plotkin, that traced monoidal categories provided a common denominator for the axiomatics of both the Girardstyle and AbramskyJagadeesanstyle versions of the Geometry of Interaction, at the basic level of the multiplicatives. This insight was presented in (Abramsky 1996), in which Girardstyle GoI was dubbed "particlestyle", since it concerns information particles or tokens flowing around a network, while the AbramskyJagadeesan style GoI was dubbed "wavestyle", since it concerns the evolution of a global information state or "wave". Formally, this distinction is based on whether the tensor product (i.e. the symmetric monoidal structure) in the underlying category is interpreted as a coproduct (particle style) or as a product (wave style). This computational distinction between coproduct and product interpretations of the same underlying network geometry turned out to have been partially anticipated, in a rather di#erent context, in a pioneering paper by E. S. Bainbridge (Bainbridge 1976), as observed by Dusko Pavlovic. These two forms of interpretation, and ways of combining them, have also been studied recently in (Stefanescu 2000). He uses the terminology "additive" for coproductbased (i.e. our "particlestyle") and "multiplicative" for productbased (i.e. our "wavestyle"); this is not suitable for our purposes, because of the clash with Linear Logic term...
An Algebraic Presentation of Term Graphs, via GSMonoidal Categories
 Applied Categorical Structures
, 1999
"... . We present a categorical characterisation of term graphs (i.e., finite, directed acyclic graphs labeled over a signature) that parallels the wellknown characterisation of terms as arrows of the algebraic theory of a given signature (i.e., the free Cartesian category generated by it). In particula ..."
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. We present a categorical characterisation of term graphs (i.e., finite, directed acyclic graphs labeled over a signature) that parallels the wellknown characterisation of terms as arrows of the algebraic theory of a given signature (i.e., the free Cartesian category generated by it). In particular, we show that term graphs over a signature \Sigma are onetoone with the arrows of the free gsmonoidal category generated by \Sigma. Such a category satisfies all the axioms for Cartesian categories but for the naturality of two transformations (the discharger ! and the duplicator r), providing in this way an abstract and clear relationship between terms and term graphs. In particular, the absence of the naturality of r and ! has a precise interpretation in terms of explicit sharing and of loss of implicit garbage collection, respectively. Keywords: algebraic theories, directed acyclic graphs, gsmonoidal categories, symmetric monoidal categories, term graphs. Mathematical Subject Clas...
A Relational Model of NonDeterministic Dataflow
 In CONCUR'98, volume 1466 of LNCS
, 1998
"... . We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalisation of relations. The well known causal anomalies associated with relational semantics of indeterminate dataflow are avoided, but still we preserve much of the intuitions of a relational model. The development fits ..."
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. We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalisation of relations. The well known causal anomalies associated with relational semantics of indeterminate dataflow are avoided, but still we preserve much of the intuitions of a relational model. The development fits with the view of categories of models for concurrency and the general treatment of bisimulation they provide. In particular it fits with the recent categorical formulation of feedback using traced monoidal categories. The payoffs are: (1) explicit relations to existing models and semantics, especially the usual axioms of monotone IO automata are read off from the definition of profunctors, (2) a new definition of bisimulation for dataflow, the proof of the congruence of which benefits from the preservation properties associated with open maps and (3) a treatment of higherorder dataflow as a biproduct, essentially by following the geometry of interaction programme. 1 Introduction A fundament...
Bicontinuous Extensions of Invertible Combinatorial Functions
, 1981
"... We discuss and solve the problem of constructing a diffeomorphic componentwise extension for an arbitrary invertible combinatorial function. Interpreted in physical terms, our solution constitutes a proof of the physical realizability of general computing mechanisms based on reversible primitives. ..."
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We discuss and solve the problem of constructing a diffeomorphic componentwise extension for an arbitrary invertible combinatorial function. Interpreted in physical terms, our solution constitutes a proof of the physical realizability of general computing mechanisms based on reversible primitives.
Algebra of Flownomials; Part 1: Binary Flownomials; Basic Theory
"... ' morphism for connecting flowgraphs are used in [CaU82] and in all of our subsequent papers on flowchart schemes and flownomials, see [Ste87a, Ste87b, CaS88a, CaS90a, CaS92]. This chapter folows Chapter B, sec. 36 of [Ste91]. The main result is based on a series of papers dealing with the al ..."
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' morphism for connecting flowgraphs are used in [CaU82] and in all of our subsequent papers on flowchart schemes and flownomials, see [Ste87a, Ste87b, CaS88a, CaS90a, CaS92]. This chapter folows Chapter B, sec. 36 of [Ste91]. The main result is based on a series of papers dealing with the algebraization of flowchart schemes, including [CaU82, BlEs85, Ste86/90, Bar87a, CaS88a, CaS90b]. With different sets of operators various algebras for flowgraphs appear in [Mil79, Parr87, CaS90b, CaS88b]. In the classical algebraic calculus for regular languages it is often the case that certain abstract semirings are used instead of the Boolean f0; 1g semiring, e.g. by using formal series with such coefficients. 5 This property is similar to the universal property of the polynomials over a ring. Chapter 6 Graph isomorphism with various constants In this chapter we extend the axiomatistion for flowgraphs modulo isomorphism to the case where more constants for generating relations are present i...
Relational Semantics of NonDeterministic Dataflow
, 1997
"... We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalization of relations. The well known causal anomalies associated with relational semantics of indeterminate dataflow are avoided, but still we preserve much of the intuitions of a relational model. The development fit ..."
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We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalization of relations. The well known causal anomalies associated with relational semantics of indeterminate dataflow are avoided, but still we preserve much of the intuitions of a relational model. The development fits with the view of categories of models for concurrency and the general treatment of bisimulation they provide. In particular it fits with the recent categorical formulation of feedback using traced monoidal categories. The payoffs are: (1) explicit relations to existing models and semantics, especially the usual axioms of monotone IO automata are read off from the definition of profunctors, (2) a new definition of bisimulation for dataflow, the proof of the congruence of which benefits from the preservation properties associated with open maps and (3) a treatment of higherorder dataflow as a biproduct, essentially by following the geometry of interaction programme.
Quantum informationflow, concretely, abstractly
 PROC. QPL 2004
, 2004
"... These ‘lecture notes ’ are based on joint work with Samson Abramsky. I will survey and informally discuss the results of [3, 4, 5, 12, 13] in a pedestrian not too technical way. These include: • ‘The logic of entanglement’, that is, the identification and abstract axiomatization of the ‘quantum info ..."
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These ‘lecture notes ’ are based on joint work with Samson Abramsky. I will survey and informally discuss the results of [3, 4, 5, 12, 13] in a pedestrian not too technical way. These include: • ‘The logic of entanglement’, that is, the identification and abstract axiomatization of the ‘quantum informationflow ’ which enables protocols such as quantum teleportation. 1 To this means we defined strongly compact closed categories which abstractly capture the behavioral properties of quantum entanglement. • ‘Postulates for an abstract quantum formalism ’ in which classical informationflow (e.g. token exchange) is part of the formalism. As an example, we provided a purely formal description of quantum teleportation and proved correctness in abstract generality. 2 In this formalism types reflect kinds, contra the essentially typeless von Neumann formalism [25]. Hence even concretely this formalism manifestly improves on the usual one. • ‘A highlevel approach to quantum informatics’. 3 Indeed, the above discussed work can be conceived as aiming to solve: von Neumann quantum formalism � highlevel language lowlevel language. I also provide a brief discussion on how classical and quantum uncertainty can be mixed in the above formalism (cf. density matrices). 4
Categorical Models for Concurrency: Independence, Fairness and Dataflow
 BRICS DISSERTATION SERIES DS001
, 2000
"... This thesis is concerned with formal semantics and models for concurrent computational systems, that is, systems consisting of a number of parallel computing sequential systems, interacting with each other and the environment. A formal semantics gives meaning to computational systems by describing t ..."
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This thesis is concerned with formal semantics and models for concurrent computational systems, that is, systems consisting of a number of parallel computing sequential systems, interacting with each other and the environment. A formal semantics gives meaning to computational systems by describing their behaviour in a mathematical model. For concurrent systems the interesting aspect of their computation is often how they interact with the environment during a computation and not in which state they terminate, indeed they may not be intended to terminate at all. For this reason they are often referred to as reactive systems, to distinguish them from traditional calculational systems, as e.g. a program calculating your income tax, for which the interesting behaviour is the answer it gives when (or if) it terminates, in other words the (possibly partial) function it computes between input and output. Church's thesis tells us that regardless of whether we choose the lambda calculus, Turing machines, or almost any modern programming language such as C or Java to describe calculational systems, we are able to describe exactly the same class of functions. However, there is no agreement on observable behaviour for concurrent reactive systems, and consequently there is no correspondent to Church's thesis. A result of this fact is that an overwhelming number of different and often competing notions of observable behaviours, primitive operations, languages and mathematical models for describing their semantics, have been proposed in the litterature on concurrency. The work
On the Algebraic Structure of Petri Nets
 Bulletin of EATCS
, 2000
"... This paper retraces, collects, and summarises the contributions of the author — both individually and in collaboration with others — on the theme of algebraic, compositional approaches to the semantics of Petri nets. ..."
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This paper retraces, collects, and summarises the contributions of the author — both individually and in collaboration with others — on the theme of algebraic, compositional approaches to the semantics of Petri nets.