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A Framework for Comparing Models of Computation
 IEEE Transactions on ComputerAided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
, 1998
"... Abstract—We give a denotational framework (a “meta model”) within which certain properties of models of computation can be compared. It describes concurrent processes in general terms as sets of possible behaviors. A process is determinate if, given the constraints imposed by the inputs, there are e ..."
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Abstract—We give a denotational framework (a “meta model”) within which certain properties of models of computation can be compared. It describes concurrent processes in general terms as sets of possible behaviors. A process is determinate if, given the constraints imposed by the inputs, there are exactly one or exactly zero behaviors. Compositions of processes are processes with behaviors in the intersection of the behaviors of the component processes. The interaction between processes is through signals, which are collections of events. Each event is a valuetag pair, where the tags can come from a partially ordered or totally ordered set. Timed models are where the set of tags is totally ordered. Synchronous events share the same tag, and synchronous signals contain events with the same set of tags. Synchronous processes have only synchronous signals as behaviors. Strict causality (in timed tag systems) and continuity (in untimed tag systems) ensure determinacy under certain technical conditions. The framework is used to compare certain essential features of various models of computation, including Kahn process networks, dataflow, sequential processes, concurrent sequential processes with rendezvous, Petri nets, and discreteevent systems. I.
Modelling Concurrency with Partial Orders
, 1986
"... Concurrency has been expressed variously in terms of formal languages (typically via the shuffle operator), partial orders, and temporal logic, inter alia. In this paper we extract from these three approaches a single hybrid approach having a rich language that mixes algebra and logic and having a n ..."
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Concurrency has been expressed variously in terms of formal languages (typically via the shuffle operator), partial orders, and temporal logic, inter alia. In this paper we extract from these three approaches a single hybrid approach having a rich language that mixes algebra and logic and having a natural class of models of concurrent processes. The heart of the approach is a notion of partial string derived from the view of a string as a linearly ordered multiset by relaxing the linearity constraint, thereby permitting partially ordered multisets or pomsets. Just as sets of strings form languages, so do sets of pomsets form processes. We introduce a number of operations useful for specifying concurrent processes and demonstrate their utility on some basic examples. Although none of the operations is particularly oriented to nets it is nevertheless possible to use them to express processes constructed as a net of subprocesses, and more generally as a system consisting of components. Th...
Design of Embedded Systems: Formal Models, Validation, and Synthesis
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE
, 1999
"... This paper addresses the design of reactive realtime embedded systems. Such systems are often heterogeneous in implementation technologies and design styles, for example by combining hardware ASICs with embedded software. The concurrent design process for such embedded systems involves solving the ..."
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This paper addresses the design of reactive realtime embedded systems. Such systems are often heterogeneous in implementation technologies and design styles, for example by combining hardware ASICs with embedded software. The concurrent design process for such embedded systems involves solving the specification, validation, and synthesis problems. We review the variety of approaches to these problems that have been taken.
Bicategories of Processes
 JOURNAL OF PURE AND APPLIED ALGEBRA
, 1997
"... The suspensionloop construction is used to define a process in a symmetric monoidal category. The algebra of such processes is that of symmetric monoidal bicategories. Processes in categories with products and in categories with sums are studied in detail, and in both cases the resulting bicate ..."
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The suspensionloop construction is used to define a process in a symmetric monoidal category. The algebra of such processes is that of symmetric monoidal bicategories. Processes in categories with products and in categories with sums are studied in detail, and in both cases the resulting bicategories of processes are equipped with operations called feedback. Appropriate versions of traced monoidal properties are verified for feedback, and a normal form theorem for expressions of processes is proved. Connections with existing theories of circuit design and computation are established via structure preserving homomorphisms.
Comparing Models of Computation
 IN PROC. ICCAD
, 1996
"... We give a denotational framework (a "meta model") within which certain properties of models of computation can be understood and compared. It describes concurrent processes as sets of possible behaviors. Compositions of processes are given as intersections of their behaviors. The interaction between ..."
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We give a denotational framework (a "meta model") within which certain properties of models of computation can be understood and compared. It describes concurrent processes as sets of possible behaviors. Compositions of processes are given as intersections of their behaviors. The interaction between processes is through signals, which are collections of events. Each event is a valuetag pair, where the tags can come from a partially ordered or totally ordered set. Timed models are where the set of tags is totally ordered. Synchronous events share the same tag, and synchronous signals contain events with the same set of tags. Synchronous systems contain synchronous signals. Strict causality (in timed systems) and continuity (in untimed systems) ensure determinacy under certain technical conditions. The framework is used to compare certain essential features of various models of computation, including Kahn process networks, dataflow, sequential processes, concurrent sequential processes with rendezvous, Petri nets, and discreteevent systems.
Timing and Causality in Process Algebra
 Acta Informatica
, 1992
"... . There has been considerable controversy in concurrency theory between the `interleaving' and `true concurrency' schools. The former school advocates associating a transition system with a process which captures concurrent execution via the interleaving of occurrences; the latter adopts more comple ..."
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. There has been considerable controversy in concurrency theory between the `interleaving' and `true concurrency' schools. The former school advocates associating a transition system with a process which captures concurrent execution via the interleaving of occurrences; the latter adopts more complex semantic structures to avoid reducing concurrency to interleaving. In this paper we show that the two approaches are not irreconcilable. We define a timed process algebra where occurrences are associated with intervals of time, and give it a transition system semantics. This semantics has many of the advantages of the interleaving approach; the algebra admits an expansion theorem, and bisimulation semantics can be used as usual. Our transition systems, however, incorporate timing information, and this enables us to express concurrency: merely adding timing appropriately generalises transition systems to asynchronous transition systems, showing that time gives a link between true concurrenc...
Higher Dimensional Automata Revisited
 MATHEMATICAL STRUCTURES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 2000
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Interconnection of Object Specifications
 Formal Methods and Object Technology
, 1996
"... ing yet further from reality, we might proscribe the simultaneous effect of two or more methods on an object's state; doing so, we impose a monoid structure on the fixed set of methods proper to an object class. Applying methods one after the other corresponds to multiplication in the monoid, and ap ..."
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ing yet further from reality, we might proscribe the simultaneous effect of two or more methods on an object's state; doing so, we impose a monoid structure on the fixed set of methods proper to an object class. Applying methods one after the other corresponds to multiplication in the monoid, and applying no methods corresponds to the identity of the monoid. A monoid is a set M with an associative binary operation ffl M : M \ThetaM ! M , usually referred to as `multiplication', which has an identity element e M 2 M . If M = (M; ffl M ; e M ) is a monoid, we often write just M for M, and e for e M ; moreover for m;m 0 2 M , we usually write mm 0 instead of m ffl M m 0 . For example, A , the set of lists containing elements of A, together with concatenation ++ : A \ThetaA ! A and the empty list [ ] 2 A , is a monoid. This example is especially important for the material in later sections. A monoid homomorphism is a structure preserving map between the carriers of ...
The tagged signal model  a preliminary version of a denotational framework for comparing models of computation
 University of California, Berkeley, CA
, 1996
"... We give a denotational framework that describes concurrent processes in very general terms as sets of possible behaviors. Compositions of processes are given as intersections of their behaviors. The interaction between processes is through signals, which are collections of events. A system is determ ..."
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We give a denotational framework that describes concurrent processes in very general terms as sets of possible behaviors. Compositions of processes are given as intersections of their behaviors. The interaction between processes is through signals, which are collections of events. A system is determinate if given the constraints imposed by the inputs there are exactly one or exactly zero behaviors. Each event is a valuetag pair, where the tags can come from a partially ordered or totally ordered set. Timed models are where the set of tags is totally ordered. Synchronous events share the same tag, and synchronous signals contain events with the same set of tags. Synchronous systems contain synchronous signals. Strict causality (in timed systems) and continuity (in untimed systems) ensure determinacy under certain technical conditions. The framework is used to compare certain essential features of various models of computation, including Kahn process networks, dataflow, sequential processes, concurrent sequential processes with rendezvous, and discreteevent systems. 1.