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Presheaf Models for Concurrency
, 1999
"... In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their wo ..."
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In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their work inspired this thesis by suggesting that presheaf categories could provide abstract models for concurrency with a builtin notion of bisimulation. We show how
A Categorical Axiomatics for Bisimulation
 In Proc. of CONCUR’98, LNCS 1466
, 1998
"... We give an axiomatic category theoretic account of bisimulation in process algebras based on the idea of functional bisimulations as open maps. We work with 2monads, T , on Cat. Operations on processes, such as nondeterministic sum, prefixing and parallel composition are modelled using functors in ..."
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We give an axiomatic category theoretic account of bisimulation in process algebras based on the idea of functional bisimulations as open maps. We work with 2monads, T , on Cat. Operations on processes, such as nondeterministic sum, prefixing and parallel composition are modelled using functors in the Kleisli category for the 2monad T .
Profunctors, open maps and bisimulation
 Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, To appear. Available from the Glynn Winskel’s web
, 2000
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Linearity in Process Languages
"... The meaning and mathematical consequences of linearity (managing without a presumed ability to copy) are studied for a pathbased model of processes which is also amodel of affinelinear logic. This connection yields an affinelinear language for processes, automatically respecting openmap bisim ..."
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The meaning and mathematical consequences of linearity (managing without a presumed ability to copy) are studied for a pathbased model of processes which is also amodel of affinelinear logic. This connection yields an affinelinear language for processes, automatically respecting openmap bisimulation, in which a range of process operations can be expressed. An operational semantics isprovided for the tensor fragment of the language. Different ways to make assemblies of processes lead to differentchoices of exponential, some of which respect bisimulation.
A Linear Metalanguage for Concurrency
 Handbook of Logic in Computer Science
, 1998
"... A metalanguage for concurrent process languages is introduced. ..."
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A metalanguage for concurrent process languages is introduced.
Presheaf Models for CCSlike Languages
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1999
"... The aim of this paper is to harness the mathematical machinery around presheaves for the purposes of process calculi. Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel proposed a general definition of bisimulation from open maps. Here we show that openmap bisimulations within a range of presheaf models are congruences ..."
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The aim of this paper is to harness the mathematical machinery around presheaves for the purposes of process calculi. Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel proposed a general definition of bisimulation from open maps. Here we show that openmap bisimulations within a range of presheaf models are congruences for a general process language, in which CCS and related languages are easily encoded. The results are then transferred to traditional models for processes. By first establishing the congruence results for presheaf models, abstract, general proofs of congruence properties can be provided and the awkwardness caused through traditional models not always possessing the cartesian liftings, used in the breakdown of process operations, are sidestepped. The abstract results are applied to show that hereditary historypreserving bisimulation is a congruence for CCSlike languages to which is added a refinement operator on event structures as proposed by van Glabbeek and Goltz.
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
Event Structures as Presheaves  Two Representation Theorems
 In Proc. CONCUR'99, LNCS
, 1999
"... The category of event structures is known to embed fully and faithfully in the category of presheaves over pomsets. Here a characterisation of the presheaves represented by event structures is presented. The proof goes via a characterisation of the presheaves represented by event structures when the ..."
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The category of event structures is known to embed fully and faithfully in the category of presheaves over pomsets. Here a characterisation of the presheaves represented by event structures is presented. The proof goes via a characterisation of the presheaves represented by event structures when the morphisms on event structures are "strict" in that they preserve the partial order of causal dependency. 1
Weak Bisimulation and Open Maps (Extended Abstract)
, 1999
"... A systematic treatment of weak bisimulation and observational congruence on presheaf models is presented. The theory is developed with respect to a "hiding" functor from a category of paths to observable paths. Via a view of processes as bundles , we are able to account for weak morphi ..."
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A systematic treatment of weak bisimulation and observational congruence on presheaf models is presented. The theory is developed with respect to a "hiding" functor from a category of paths to observable paths. Via a view of processes as bundles , we are able to account for weak morphisms (roughly only required to preserve observable paths) and to derive a saturation monad (on the category of presheaves over the category of paths). Weak morphisms may be encoded as strong ones via the Kleisli construction associated to the saturation monad. A general
Linearity and nonlinearity in distributed computation
"... The copying of processes is limited in the context of distributed computation, either as a fact of life, often because remote networks are simply too complicated to have control over, or deliberately, as in the design of security protocols. Roughly, linearity is about how to manage without a presume ..."
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The copying of processes is limited in the context of distributed computation, either as a fact of life, often because remote networks are simply too complicated to have control over, or deliberately, as in the design of security protocols. Roughly, linearity is about how to manage without a presumed ability to copy. The meaning and mathematical consequences of linearity are studied for pathbased models of processes which are also models of affinelinear logic. This connection yields an affinelinear language for processes in which processes are typed according to the kind of computation paths they can perform. One consequence is that the affinelinear language automatically respects openmap bisimulation. A range of process operations (from CCS, CCS with processpassing, mobile ambients, and dataflow) can be expressed within the affinelinear language showing the ubiquity of linearity. Of course, process code can be sent explicitly to be copied. Following the discipline of linear logic, suitable nonlinear maps are obtained as linear maps whose domain is under an exponential. Different ways to make assemblies of processes lead to different choices of exponential; the nonlinear maps of only some of which will respect bisimulation.