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The Tile Model
 PROOF, LANGUAGE AND INTERACTION: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF ROBIN MILNER
, 1996
"... In this paper we introduce a model for a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting, in particular from the rewriting logic framework [Mes92], and of concurrency theory: among the ..."
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In this paper we introduce a model for a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting, in particular from the rewriting logic framework [Mes92], and of concurrency theory: among the others, the structured operational semantics [Plo81], the context systems [LX90] and the structured transition systems [CM92] approaches. Our model recollects many properties of these sources: first, it provides a compositional way to describe both the states and the sequences of transitions performed by a given system, stressing their distributed nature. Second, a suitable notion of typed proof allows to take into account also those formalisms relying on the notions of synchronization and sideeffects to determine the actual behaviour of a system. Finally, an equivalence relation over sequences of transitions is defined, equipping the system under analysis with a concurrent semantics, ...
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 2Categorical Presentation of Term Graph Rewriting
 CATEGORY THEORY AND COMPUTER SCIENCE, VOLUME 1290 OF LNCS
, 1997
"... It is wellknown that a term rewriting system can be faithfully described by a cartesian 2category, where horizontal arrows represent terms, and cells represent rewriting sequences. In this paper we propose a similar, original 2categorical presentation for term graph rewriting. Building on a re ..."
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It is wellknown that a term rewriting system can be faithfully described by a cartesian 2category, where horizontal arrows represent terms, and cells represent rewriting sequences. In this paper we propose a similar, original 2categorical presentation for term graph rewriting. Building on a result presented in [8], which shows that term graphs over a given signature are in onetoone correspondence with arrows of a gsmonoidal category freely generated from the signature, we associate with a term graph rewriting system a gsmonoidal 2category, and show that cells faithfully represent its rewriting sequences. We exploit the categorical framework to relate term graph rewriting and term rewriting, since gsmonoidal (2)categories can be regarded as "weak" cartesian (2)categories, where certain (2)naturality axioms have been dropped.
An Inductive View of Graph Transformation
 In Workshop on Algebraic Development Techniques
, 1998
"... . The dynamic behavior of rulebased systems (like term rewriting systems [24], process algebras [27], and so on) can be traditionally determined in two orthogonal ways. Either operationally, in the sense that a way of embedding a rule into a state is devised, stating explicitly how the result i ..."
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. The dynamic behavior of rulebased systems (like term rewriting systems [24], process algebras [27], and so on) can be traditionally determined in two orthogonal ways. Either operationally, in the sense that a way of embedding a rule into a state is devised, stating explicitly how the result is built: This is the role played by (the application of) a substitution in term rewriting. Or inductively, showing how to build the class of all possible reductions from a set of basic ones: For term rewriting, this is the usual definition of the rewrite relation as the minimal closure of the rewrite rules. As far as graph transformation is concerned, the operational view is by far more popular: In this paper we lay the basis for the orthogonal view. We first provide an inductive description for graphs as arrows of a freely generated dgsmonoidal category. We then apply 2categorical techniques, already known for term and term graph rewriting [29, 7], recasting in this framework the...
Towards an algebraic theory of Boolean circuits
 Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra
, 2003
"... Boolean circuits are used to represent programs on finite data. Reversible Boolean circuits and quantum Boolean circuits have been introduced to modelize some physical aspects of computation. Those notions are essential in complexity theory, but we claim that a deep mathematical theory is needed to ..."
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Boolean circuits are used to represent programs on finite data. Reversible Boolean circuits and quantum Boolean circuits have been introduced to modelize some physical aspects of computation. Those notions are essential in complexity theory, but we claim that a deep mathematical theory is needed to make progress in this area. For that purpose, the recent developments of knot theory is a major source of inspiration. Following the ideas of Burroni, we consider logical gates as generators for some algebraic structure with two compositions, and we are interested in the relations satisfied by those generators. For that purpose, we introduce canonical forms and rewriting systems. Up to now, we have mainly studied the basic case and the linear case, but we hope that our methods can be used to get presentations by generators and relations for the (reversible) classical case and for the (unitary) quantum case.
Cartesian Closed Double Categories, their LambdaNotation, and the PiCalculus
, 1999
"... We introduce the notion of cartesian closed double category to provide mobile calculi for communicating systems with specific semantic models: One dimension is dedicated to compose systems and the other to compose their computations and their observations. Also, inspired by the connection between s ..."
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We introduce the notion of cartesian closed double category to provide mobile calculi for communicating systems with specific semantic models: One dimension is dedicated to compose systems and the other to compose their computations and their observations. Also, inspired by the connection between simply typed calculus and cartesian closed categories, we define a new typed framework, called double notation, which is able to express the abstraction /application and pairing/projection operations in all dimensions. In this development, we take the categorical presentation as a guidance in the interpretation of the formalism. A case study of the ßcalculus, where the double  notation straightforwardly handles name passing and creation, concludes the presentation.
Graph Rewriting, Constraint Solving and Tiles for Coordinating Distributed Systems
 Applied Categorical Structures
, 1999
"... . In this paper we describe an approach to model the dynamics of distributed systems. For distributed systems we mean systems consisting of concurrent processes communicating via shared ports and posing certain synchronization requirements, via the ports, to the adjacent processes. The basic idea is ..."
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. In this paper we describe an approach to model the dynamics of distributed systems. For distributed systems we mean systems consisting of concurrent processes communicating via shared ports and posing certain synchronization requirements, via the ports, to the adjacent processes. The basic idea is to use graphs to represent states of such systems, and graph rewriting to represent their evolution. The kind of graph rewriting we use is based on simple contextfree productions which are however combined by means of a synchronization mechanism. This allows for a good level of expressivity in the system without sacrifying full distribution. To formally model this kind of graph rewriting, however, we do not adopt the classical graph rewriting style but a more general framework, called the tile model, which allows for a clear separation between sequential rewriting and synchronization. Then, since the problem of satisfying the synchronization requirements may be a complex combinatorial pro...
Tiles, Rewriting Rules and CCS
"... In [12] we introduced the tile model, a framework encompassing a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting and of concurrency theory, and our formalism recollects many properties ..."
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In [12] we introduced the tile model, a framework encompassing a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting and of concurrency theory, and our formalism recollects many properties of these sources. For example, it provides a compositional way to describe both the states and the sequences of transitions performed by a given system, stressing their distributed nature. Moreover, a suitable notion of typed proof allows to take into account also those formalisms relying on the notions of synchronization and sideeffects to determine the actual behaviour of a system. In this work we narrow our scope, presenting a restricted version of our tile model and focussing our attention on its expressive power. To this aim, we recall the basic definitions of the process algebras paradigm [3,24], centering the paper on the recasting of this framework in our formalism.
A Functorial Semantics for MultiAlgebras and Partial Algebras, With Applications to Syntax
, 2000
"... Multialgebras allow for the modeling of nondeterminism in an algebraic framework by interpreting operators as functions from individual arguments to sets of possible results. We propose a functorial presentation of various categories of multialgebras and partial algebras, analogous to the classica ..."
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Multialgebras allow for the modeling of nondeterminism in an algebraic framework by interpreting operators as functions from individual arguments to sets of possible results. We propose a functorial presentation of various categories of multialgebras and partial algebras, analogous to the classical presentation of algebras over a signature as cartesian functors from the algebraic theory over to Set. We introduce two dierent notions of theory over a signature, both having a structure weaker than cartesian, and we consider functors from them to Rel or Pfn, the categories of sets and relations or partial functions, respectively. Next we discuss how the functorial presentation provides guidelines for the choice of syntactical notions for a class of algebras, and as an application we argue that the natural generalization of usual terms are \conditioned terms" for partial algebras, and \term graphs" for multialgebras. Contents 1 Introduction 2 2 A short recap on multialgebras 4 3...
Functorial Semantics for Multialgebras
 Recent Trends in Algebraic Development Techniques, volume 1589 of LNCS
, 1998
"... . Multialgebras allow to model nondeterminism in an algebraic framework by interpreting operators as functions from individual arguments to sets of possible results. We propose a functorial presentation of various categories of multialgebras and partial algebras, analogous to the classical pre ..."
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. Multialgebras allow to model nondeterminism in an algebraic framework by interpreting operators as functions from individual arguments to sets of possible results. We propose a functorial presentation of various categories of multialgebras and partial algebras, analogous to the classical presentation of algebras over a signature \Sigma as cartesian functors from the algebraic theory of \Sigma , Th(\Sigma), to Set. The functors we introduce are based on variations of the notion of theory, having a structure weaker than cartesian, and their target is Rel, the category of sets and relations. We argue that this functorial presentation provides an original abstract syntax for partial and multialgebras. 1 Introduction Nondeterminism is a fundamental concept in Computer Science. It arises not only from the study of intrinsically nondeterministic computational models, like Turing machines and various kinds of automata, but also in the study of the behaviour of deterministic sys...