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An Implementation of Narrowing Strategies
 Journal of the ACM
, 2001
"... This paper describes an implementation of narrowing, an essential component of implementations of modern functional logic languages. These implementations rely on narrowing, in particular on some optimal narrowing strategies, to execute functional logic programs. We translate functional logic progra ..."
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This paper describes an implementation of narrowing, an essential component of implementations of modern functional logic languages. These implementations rely on narrowing, in particular on some optimal narrowing strategies, to execute functional logic programs. We translate functional logic programs into imperative (Java) programs without an intermediate abstract machine. A central idea of our approach is the explicit representation and processing of narrowing computations as data objects. This enables the implementation of operationally complete strategies (i.e., without backtracking) or techniques for search control (e.g., encapsulated search). Thanks to the use of an intermediate and portable representation of programs, our implementation is general enough to be used as a common back end for a wide variety of functional logic languages.
Definitional Trees
 In Proc. of the 3rd International Conference on Algebraic and Logic Programming
, 1992
"... . Rewriting is a computational paradigm that specifies the actions, but not the control. We introduce a hierarchical structure representing, at a high level of abstraction, a form of control. Its application solves a specific problem arising in the design and implementation of inherently sequential, ..."
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. Rewriting is a computational paradigm that specifies the actions, but not the control. We introduce a hierarchical structure representing, at a high level of abstraction, a form of control. Its application solves a specific problem arising in the design and implementation of inherently sequential, lazy, functional programming languages based on rewriting. For example, we show how to extend the expressive power of Log(F ) and how to improve the efficiency of an implementation of BABEL. Our framework provides a notion of degree of parallelism of an operation and shows that the elements of a necessary set of redexes are related by an andor relation. Both concepts find application in parallel implementations of rewriting. In an environment in which computations can be executed in parallel we are able to detect sequential computations in order to minimize overheads and/or optimize execution. Conversely, we are able to detect when inherently sequential computations can be executed in para...
A unified computation model for functional and logic programming
 IN PROC. OF THE 24TH ACM SYMPOSIUM ON PRINCIPLES OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES (PARIS
, 1997
"... We propose a new computation model which combines the operational principles of functional languages (reduction), logic languages (nondeterministic search for solutions), and integrated functional logic languages (residuation and narrowing). This computation model combines efficient evaluation prin ..."
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We propose a new computation model which combines the operational principles of functional languages (reduction), logic languages (nondeterministic search for solutions), and integrated functional logic languages (residuation and narrowing). This computation model combines efficient evaluation principles of functional languages with the problemsolving capabilities of logic programming. Since the model allows the delay of function calls which are not sufficiently instantiated, it also supports a concurrent style of programming. We provide soundness and completeness results and show that known evaluation principles of functional logic languages are particular instances of this model. Thus, our model is a suitable basis for future declarative programming languages.
Higherorder narrowing with definitional trees
 Neural Computation
, 1996
"... Functional logic languages with a sound and complete operational semantics are mainly based on narrowing. Due to the huge search space of simple narrowing, steadily improved narrowing strategies have been developed in the past. Needed narrowing is currently the best narrowing strategy for firstord ..."
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Functional logic languages with a sound and complete operational semantics are mainly based on narrowing. Due to the huge search space of simple narrowing, steadily improved narrowing strategies have been developed in the past. Needed narrowing is currently the best narrowing strategy for firstorder functional logic programs due to its optimality properties w.r.t. the length of derivations and the number of computed solutions. In this paper, we extend the needed narrowing strategy to higherorder functions and λterms as data structures. By the use of definitional trees, our strategy computes only incomparable solutions. Thus, it is the first calculus for higherorder functional logic programming which provides for such an optimality result. Since we allow higherorder logical variables denoting λterms, applications go beyond current functional and logic programming languages.
Rules and Strategies for Transforming Functional and Logic Programs
 ACM Computing Surveys
, 1996
"... We present an overview of the program transformation methodology, focusing our attention on the socalled `rules + strategies' approach in the case of functional and logic programs. The paper is intended to offer an introduction to the subject. The various techniques we present are illustrated via s ..."
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We present an overview of the program transformation methodology, focusing our attention on the socalled `rules + strategies' approach in the case of functional and logic programs. The paper is intended to offer an introduction to the subject. The various techniques we present are illustrated via simple examples. A preliminary version of this report has been published in: Moller, B., Partsch, H., and Schuman, S. (eds.): Formal Program Development. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 755, Springer Verlag (1993) 263304. Also published in: ACM Computing Surveys, Vol 28, No. 2, June 1996. 3 1 Introduction The program transformation approach to the development of programs has first been advocated by [BurstallDarlington 77], although the basic ideas were already presented in previous papers by the same authors [Darlington 72, BurstallDarlington 75]. In that approach the task of writing a correct and efficient program is realized in two phases: the first phase consists in writing an in...
ContextSensitive Computations in Functional and Functional Logic Programs
 JOURNAL OF FUNCTIONAL AND LOGIC PROGRAMMING
, 1998
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Compiling MultiParadigm Declarative Programs into Prolog
 In Proc. International Workshop on Frontiers of Combining Systems (FroCoS’2000
, 2000
"... This paper describes a highlevel implementation of the concurrent constraint functional logic language Curry. The implementation, directed by the lazy pattern matching strategy of Curry, is obtained by transforming Curry programs into Prolog programs. Contrary to previous transformations of functio ..."
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This paper describes a highlevel implementation of the concurrent constraint functional logic language Curry. The implementation, directed by the lazy pattern matching strategy of Curry, is obtained by transforming Curry programs into Prolog programs. Contrary to previous transformations of functional logic programs into Prolog, our implementation includes new mechanisms for both efficiently performing concurrent evaluation steps and sharing common subterms. The practical results show that our implementation is superior to previously proposed similar implementations of functional logic languages in Prolog and is competitive w.r.t. lowerlevel implementations of Curry in other target languages. An noteworthy advantage of our implementation is the ability to immediately employ in Curry existing constraint solvers for logic programming. In this way, we obtain with a relatively modest effort the implementation of a declarative language combining lazy evaluation, concurrency a...
Operational Semantics for Declarative MultiParadigm Languages
 Journal of Symbolic Computation
, 2005
"... Abstract. In this paper we define an operational semantics for functional logic languages covering notions like laziness, sharing, concurrency, nondeterminism, etc. Such a semantics is not only important to provide appropriate language definitions to reason about programs and check the correctness ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we define an operational semantics for functional logic languages covering notions like laziness, sharing, concurrency, nondeterminism, etc. Such a semantics is not only important to provide appropriate language definitions to reason about programs and check the correctness of implementations but it is also a basis to develop languagespecific tools, like program tracers, profilers, optimizers, etc. First, we define a "bigstep " semantics in natural style to relate expressions and their evaluated results. Since this semantics is not sufficient to cover concurrency, search strategies, or to reason about costs associated to particular computations, we also define a "smallstep " operational semantics covering the features of modern functional logic languages.
Curry: A Truly Functional Logic Language
, 1995
"... Functional and logic programming are the most important declarative programming paradigms, and interest in combining them has grown over the last decade. However, integrated functional logic languages are currently not widely used. This is due to the fact that the operational principles are not w ..."
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Functional and logic programming are the most important declarative programming paradigms, and interest in combining them has grown over the last decade. However, integrated functional logic languages are currently not widely used. This is due to the fact that the operational principles are not well understood and many different evaluation strategies have been proposed which resulted in many different functional logic languages. To overcome this situation, we propose the functional logic language Curry which can deal as a standard language in this area. It includes important ideas of existing functional logic languages and recent developments, and combines the most important features of functional and logic languages. Thus, Curry can be the basis to combine the currently separated research efforts of the functional and logic programming communities and to boost declarative programming in general. Moreover, since functions provide for more efficient evaluation strategies and ...
Parallel Evaluation Strategies for Functional Logic Languages
 In Proc. of the Fourteenth International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP’97
, 1997
"... We introduce novel, sound, complete, and locally optimal evaluation strategies for functional logic programming languages. Our strategies combine, in a nontrivial way, two landmark techniques in this area: the computation of unifiers performed by needed narrowing in inductively sequential rewrite s ..."
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We introduce novel, sound, complete, and locally optimal evaluation strategies for functional logic programming languages. Our strategies combine, in a nontrivial way, two landmark techniques in this area: the computation of unifiers performed by needed narrowing in inductively sequential rewrite systems and the simultaneous reduction of a necessary set of redexes performed by rewriting in weakly orthogonal, constructorbased rewrite systems. First, we define a sequential strategy similar in scope to other narrowing strategies used in modern lazy functional logic languages. Then, based on the sequential strategy, we define a parallel narrowing strategy that has several noteworthy characteristics: it is the first complete narrowing strategy which evaluates ground expressions in a fully deterministic, optimal way; it computes shortest derivations and minimal sets of solutions on inductively sequential rewrite systems; and when combined with term simplification, it subsumes and improves all r...