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Explicit substitutions
, 1996
"... The λσcalculus is a refinement of the λcalculus where substitutions are manipulated explicitly. The λσcalculus provides a setting for studying the theory of substitutions, with pleasant mathematical properties. It is also a useful bridge between the classical λcalculus and concrete implementatio ..."
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The λσcalculus is a refinement of the λcalculus where substitutions are manipulated explicitly. The λσcalculus provides a setting for studying the theory of substitutions, with pleasant mathematical properties. It is also a useful bridge between the classical λcalculus and concrete implementations.
ParameterPassing and the Lambda Calculus
, 1991
"... The choice of a parameterpassing technique is an important decision in the design of a highlevel programming language. To clarify some of the semantic aspects of the decision, we develop, analyze, and compare modifications of the calculus for the most common parameterpassing techniques, i.e., ca ..."
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The choice of a parameterpassing technique is an important decision in the design of a highlevel programming language. To clarify some of the semantic aspects of the decision, we develop, analyze, and compare modifications of the calculus for the most common parameterpassing techniques, i.e., callbyvalue and callbyname combined with passbyworth and passby reference, respectively. More specifically, for each parameterpassing technique we provide 1. a program rewriting semantics for a language with sideeffects and firstclass procedures based on the respective parameterpassing technique; 2. an equational theory that is derived from the rewriting semantics in a uniform manner; 3. a formal analysis of the correspondence between the calculus and the semantics; and 4. a strong normalization theorem for the imperative fragment of the theory (when applicable). A comparison of the various systems reveals that Algol's callbyname indeed satisfies the wellknown fi rule of the orig...
The Discoveries of Continuations
, 1993
"... We give a brief account of the discoveries of continuations and related concepts by, A. Van Wijngaarden , A. W. Mazurkiewicz , F. L. Morris , C. P. Wadsworth , J. H. Morris , M. J. Fischer , and S. K. Abdali. ..."
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We give a brief account of the discoveries of continuations and related concepts by, A. Van Wijngaarden , A. W. Mazurkiewicz , F. L. Morris , C. P. Wadsworth , J. H. Morris , M. J. Fischer , and S. K. Abdali.
The Geometry of Optimal Lambda Reduction
, 1992
"... Lamping discovered an optimal graphreduction implementation of the calculus. Simultaneously, Girard invented the geometry of interaction, a mathematical foundation for operational semantics. In this paper, we connect and explain the geometry of interaction and Lamping's graphs. The geometry of int ..."
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Lamping discovered an optimal graphreduction implementation of the calculus. Simultaneously, Girard invented the geometry of interaction, a mathematical foundation for operational semantics. In this paper, we connect and explain the geometry of interaction and Lamping's graphs. The geometry of interaction provides a suitable semantic basis for explaining and improving Lamping's system. On the other hand, graphs similar to Lamping's provide a concrete representation of the geometry of interaction. Together, they offer a new understanding of computation, as well as ideas for efficient and correct implementations.
Equational term graph rewriting
 FUNDAMENTA INFORMATICAE
, 1996
"... We present an equational framework for term graph rewriting with cycles. The usual notion of homomorphism is phrased in terms of the notion of bisimulation, which is wellknown in process algebra and concurrency theory. Specifically, a homomorphism is a functional bisimulation. We prove that the bis ..."
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We present an equational framework for term graph rewriting with cycles. The usual notion of homomorphism is phrased in terms of the notion of bisimulation, which is wellknown in process algebra and concurrency theory. Specifically, a homomorphism is a functional bisimulation. We prove that the bisimilarity class of a term graph, partially ordered by functional bisimulation, is a complete lattice. It is shown how Equational Logic induces a notion of copying and substitution on term graphs, or systems of recursion equations, and also suggests the introduction of hidden or nameless nodes in a term graph. Hidden nodes can be used only once. The general framework of term graphs with copying is compared with the more restricted copying facilities embodied in the µrule, and translations are given between term graphs and µexpressions. Using these, a proof system is given for µexpressions that is complete for the semantics given by infinite tree unwinding. Next, orthogonal term graph rewrite ...
The origins of structural operational semantics
 Journal of Logic and Algebraic Programming
, 2004
"... We review the origins of structural operational semantics. The main publication ‘A Structural Approach to Operational Semantics, ’ also known as the ‘Aarhus Notes, ’ appeared in 1981 [G.D. Plotkin, A structural approach to operational semantics, DAIMI FN19, Computer Science Department, Aarhus Unive ..."
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We review the origins of structural operational semantics. The main publication ‘A Structural Approach to Operational Semantics, ’ also known as the ‘Aarhus Notes, ’ appeared in 1981 [G.D. Plotkin, A structural approach to operational semantics, DAIMI FN19, Computer Science Department, Aarhus University, 1981]. The development of the ideas dates back to the early 1970s, involving many people and building on previous work on programming languages and logic. The former included abstract syntax, the SECD machine, and the abstract interpreting machines of the Vienna school; the latter included the λcalculus and formal systems. The initial development of structural operational semantics was for simple functional languages, more or less variations of the λcalculus; after that the ideas were gradually extended to include languages with parallel features, such as Milner’s CCS. This experience set the ground for a more systematic exposition, the subject of an invited course of lectures at Aarhus University; some of these appeared in print as the 1981 Notes. We discuss the content of these lectures and some related considerations such as ‘small state’ versus ‘grand state, ’ structural versus compositional semantics, the influence of the Scott–Strachey approach to denotational semantics, the treatment of recursion and jumps, and static semantics. We next discuss relations with other work and some immediate further development. We conclude with an account of an old, previously unpublished, idea: an alternative, perhaps more readable, graphical presentation of systems of rules for operational semantics.
Efficient Representation and Validation of Logical Proofs
, 1997
"... This report describes a framework for representing and validating formal proofs in various axiomatic systems. The framework is based on the Edinburgh Logical Framework (LF) but is optimized for minimizing the size of proofs and the complexity of proof validation, by removing redundant representation ..."
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This report describes a framework for representing and validating formal proofs in various axiomatic systems. The framework is based on the Edinburgh Logical Framework (LF) but is optimized for minimizing the size of proofs and the complexity of proof validation, by removing redundant representation components. Several variants of representation algorithms are presented with the resulting representations being a factor of 15 smaller than similar LF representations. The validation algorithm is a reconstruction algorithm that runs about 7 times faster than LF typechecking. We present a full proof of correctness of the reconstruction algorithm and hints for the efficient implementation using explicit substitutions. We conclude with a quantitative analysis of the algorithms. This research was sponsored in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency CSTO under the title "The Fox Project: Advanced Languages for Systems Software," ARPA Order No. C533, issued by ESC/ENS under Contract No. F1...
A Theory of Bisimulation for the picalculus
, 1993
"... We study a new formulation of bisimulation for the calculus [MPW92], which we have called open bisimulation ( ). In contrast with the previously known bisimilarity equivalences, is preserved by all calculus operators, including input prefix. The differences among all these equivalences alread ..."
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We study a new formulation of bisimulation for the calculus [MPW92], which we have called open bisimulation ( ). In contrast with the previously known bisimilarity equivalences, is preserved by all calculus operators, including input prefix. The differences among all these equivalences already appear in the sublanguage without name restrictions: Here the definition of can be factorised into a "standard" part which, modulo the different syntax of actions, is the CCS bisimulation, and a part specific to the calculus, which requires name instantiation. Attractive features of are: a simple axiomatisation (of the finite terms), with a completeness proof which leads to the construction of minimal canonical representatives for the equivalence classes of ; an "efficient" characterisation, based on a modified transition system. This characterisation seems promising for the development of automatedverification tools and also shows the callbyneed flavour of . Although in the...
Lambda Calculus with Explicit Recursion
 Information and Computation
, 1996
"... This paper is concerned with the study of calculus with explicit recursion, namely of cyclic graphs. The starting point is to treat a graph as a system of recursion equations involving terms, and to manipulate such systems in an unrestricted manner, using equational logic, just as is possible fo ..."
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This paper is concerned with the study of calculus with explicit recursion, namely of cyclic graphs. The starting point is to treat a graph as a system of recursion equations involving terms, and to manipulate such systems in an unrestricted manner, using equational logic, just as is possible for firstorder term rewriting. Surprisingly, now the confluence property breaks down in an essential way. Confluence can be restored by introducing a restraining mechanism on the `substitution' operation. This leads to a family of graph calculi, which can be seen as an extension of the family of oecalculi (calculi with explicit substitution). While the oecalculi treat the letconstruct as a firstclass citizen, our calculi support the letrec, a feature that is essential to reason about time and space behavior of functional languages and also about compilation and optimizations of programs. CR Subject Classification (1991): D.1.1, D.3.1, F.1.1, F.4.1, F.4.2 Keywords & Phrases: lambda cal...