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On reductionbased process semantics
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1995
"... Abstract. A formulation of semantic theories for processes which is based on reduction relation and equational reasoning is studied. The new construction can induce meaningful theories for processes, both in strong and weak settings. The resulting theories in many cases coincide with, and sometimes ..."
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Abstract. A formulation of semantic theories for processes which is based on reduction relation and equational reasoning is studied. The new construction can induce meaningful theories for processes, both in strong and weak settings. The resulting theories in many cases coincide with, and sometimes generalise, observationbased formulation of behavioural equivalence. The basic construction of reductionbased theories is studied, taking a simple name passing calculus called \nucalculus as an example. Results on other calculi are also briefly discussed.
Games and Full Abstraction for the Lazy lambdacalculus
 In Proceedings, Tenth Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 1995
"... ion for the Lazy calculus Samson Abramsky Guy McCusker Department of Computing Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 180 Queen's Gate London SW7 2BZ United Kingdom Abstract We define a category of games G, and its extensional quotient E . A model of the lazy calculus, a typefre ..."
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ion for the Lazy calculus Samson Abramsky Guy McCusker Department of Computing Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 180 Queen's Gate London SW7 2BZ United Kingdom Abstract We define a category of games G, and its extensional quotient E . A model of the lazy calculus, a typefree functional language based on evaluation to weak head normal form, is given in G, yielding an extensional model in E . This model is shown to be fully abstract with respect to applicative simulation. This is, so far as we know, the first purely semantic construction of a fully abstract model for a reflexivelytyped sequential language. 1 Introduction Full Abstraction is a key concept in programming language semantics [9, 12, 23, 26]. The ingredients are as follows. We are given a language L, with an `observational preorder'  on terms in L such that P  Q means that every observable property of P is also satisfied by Q; and a denotational model MJ\DeltaK. The model M is then said to be f...
On the Observable Properties of Higher Order Functions that Dynamically Create Local Names (preliminary report)
 IN MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, PROC. 18TH INT. SYMP
, 1993
"... The research reported in this paper is concerned with the problem of reasoning about properties of higher order functions involving state. It is motivated by the desire to identify what, if any, are the difficulties created purely by locality of state, independent of other properties such as sideef ..."
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The research reported in this paper is concerned with the problem of reasoning about properties of higher order functions involving state. It is motivated by the desire to identify what, if any, are the difficulties created purely by locality of state, independent of other properties such as sideeffects, exceptional termination and nontermination due to recursion. We consider a simple language (equivalent to a fragment of Standard ML) of typed, higher order functions that can dynamically create fresh names. Names are created with local scope, can be tested for equality and can be passed around via function application, but that is all. we demonstrate
Proving congruence of bisimulation in functional programming languages
 Information and Computation
, 1996
"... Email: howe research.att.com We give a method for proving congruence of bisimulationlike equivalences in functional programming languages. The method applies to languages that can be presented as a set of expressions together with an evaluation relation. We use this method to show that some genera ..."
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Email: howe research.att.com We give a method for proving congruence of bisimulationlike equivalences in functional programming languages. The method applies to languages that can be presented as a set of expressions together with an evaluation relation. We use this method to show that some generalizations of Abramsky's applicative bisimulation are congruences whenever evaluation can be specified by a certain natural form of structured operational semantics. One of the generalizations handles nondeterminism and diverging computations.] 1996 Academic Press, Inc. 1.
From Rewrite Rules to Bisimulation Congruences
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1998
"... The dynamics of many calculi can be most clearly defined by a reduction semantics. To work with a calculus, however, an understanding of operational congruences is fundamental; these can often be given tractable definitions or characterisations using a labelled transition semantics. This paper consi ..."
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The dynamics of many calculi can be most clearly defined by a reduction semantics. To work with a calculus, however, an understanding of operational congruences is fundamental; these can often be given tractable definitions or characterisations using a labelled transition semantics. This paper considers calculi with arbitrary reduction semantics of three simple classes, firstly ground term rewriting, then leftlinear term rewriting, and then a class which is essentially the action calculi lacking substantive name binding. General definitions of labelled transitions are given in each case, uniformly in the set of rewrite rules, and without requiring the prescription of additional notions of observation. They give rise to bisimulation congruences. As a test of the theory it is shown that bisimulation for a fragment of CCS is recovered. The transitions generated for a fragment of the Ambient Calculus of Cardelli and Gordon, and for SKI combinators, are also discussed briefly.
Semantics of Types for Mutable State
, 2004
"... Proofcarrying code (PCC) is a framework for mechanically verifying the safety of machine language programs. A program that is successfully verified by a PCC system is guaranteed to be safe to execute, but this safety guarantee is contingent upon the correctness of various trusted components. For in ..."
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Proofcarrying code (PCC) is a framework for mechanically verifying the safety of machine language programs. A program that is successfully verified by a PCC system is guaranteed to be safe to execute, but this safety guarantee is contingent upon the correctness of various trusted components. For instance, in traditional PCC systems the trusted computing base includes a large set of lowlevel typing rules. Foundational PCC systems seek to minimize the size of the trusted computing base. In particular, they eliminate the need to trust complex, lowlevel type systems by providing machinecheckable proofs of type soundness for real machine languages. In this thesis, I demonstrate the use of logical relations for proving the soundness of type systems for mutable state. Specifically, I focus on type systems that ensure the safe allocation, update, and reuse of memory. For each type in the language, I define logical relations that explain the meaning of the type in terms of the operational semantics of the language. Using this model of types, I prove each typing rule as a lemma. The major contribution is a model of System F with general references — that is, mutable cells that can hold values of any closed type including other references, functions, recursive types, and impredicative quantified types. The model is based on ideas from both possible worlds and the indexed model of Appel and McAllester. I show how the model of mutable references is encoded in higherorder logic. I also show how to construct an indexed possibleworlds model for a von Neumann machine. The latter is used in the Princeton Foundational PCC system to prove type safety for a fullfledged lowlevel typed assembly language. Finally, I present a semantic model for a region calculus that supports typeinvariant references as well as memory reuse. iii
A Coinduction Principle for Recursively Defined Domains
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1992
"... This paper establishes a new property of predomains recursively defined using the cartesian product, disjoint union, partial function space and convex powerdomain constructors. We prove that the partial order on such a recursive predomain D is the greatest fixed point of a certain monotone operator ..."
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This paper establishes a new property of predomains recursively defined using the cartesian product, disjoint union, partial function space and convex powerdomain constructors. We prove that the partial order on such a recursive predomain D is the greatest fixed point of a certain monotone operator associated to D. This provides a structurally defined family of proof principles for these recursive predomains: to show that one element of D approximates another, it suffices to find a binary relation containing the two elements that is a postfixed point for the associated monotone operator. The statement of the proof principles is independent of any of the various methods available for explicit construction of recursive predomains. Following Milner and Tofte [10], the method of proof is called coinduction. It closely resembles the way bisimulations are used in concurrent process calculi [9]. Two specific instances of the coinduction principle already occur in work of Abramsky [2, 1] in the form of `internal full abstraction' theorems for denotational semantics of SCCS and the lazy lambda calculus. In the first case postfixed binary relations are precisely Abramsky's partial bisimulations, whereas in the second case they are his applicative bisimulations. The coinduction principle also provides an apparently useful tool for reasoning about equality of elements of recursively defined datatypes in (strict or lazy) higher order functional programming languages.
A Naïve Time Analysis and its Theory of Cost Equivalence
 Journal of Logic and Computation
, 1995
"... Techniques for reasoning about extensional properties of functional programs are well understood, but methods for analysing the underlying intensional or operational properties have been much neglected. This paper begins with the development of a simple but useful calculus for time analysis of nons ..."
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Techniques for reasoning about extensional properties of functional programs are well understood, but methods for analysing the underlying intensional or operational properties have been much neglected. This paper begins with the development of a simple but useful calculus for time analysis of nonstrict functional programs with lazy lists. One limitation of this basic calculus is that the ordinary equational reasoning on functional programs is not valid. In order to buy back some of these equational properties we develop a nonstandard operational equivalence relation called cost equivalence, by considering the number of computation steps as an `observable' component of the evaluation process. We define this relation by analogy with Park's definition of bisimulation in CCS. This formulation allows us to show that cost equivalence is a contextual congruence (and thus is substitutive with respect to the basic calculus) and provides useful proof techniques for establishing costequivalen...
Relational interpretations of recursive types in an operational setting
 Information and Computation
, 1997
"... Submitted for publication to Information and Computation. A summary of this paper appeared in TACS '97. ..."
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Submitted for publication to Information and Computation. A summary of this paper appeared in TACS '97.
Reasoning about local variables with operationallybased logical relations
 In LICS
, 1996
"... A parametric logical relation between the phrases of an Algollike language is presented. Its definition involves the structural operational semantics of the language, but was inspired by recent denotationallybased work of O’Hearn and Reynolds on translating Algol into a predicatively polymorphic l ..."
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A parametric logical relation between the phrases of an Algollike language is presented. Its definition involves the structural operational semantics of the language, but was inspired by recent denotationallybased work of O’Hearn and Reynolds on translating Algol into a predicatively polymorphic linear lambda calculus. The logical relation yields an applicative characterisation of contextual equivalence for the language and provides a useful (and complete) method for proving equivalences. Its utility is illustrated by giving simple and direct proofs of some contextual equivalences, including an interesting equivalence due to O’Hearn which hinges upon the undefinability of ‘snapback ’ operations (and which goes beyond the standard suite of ‘MeyerSieber ’ examples). Whilst some of the mathematical intricacies of denotational semantics are avoided, the hard work in this operational approach lies in establishing the ‘fundamental property’ for the logical relation—the proof of which makes use of a compactness property of fixpoint recursion with respect to evaluation of phrases. But once this property has been established, the logical relation provides a verification method with an attractively low mathematical overhead. 1.