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Modal Types for Mobile Code
, 2008
"... In this dissertation I argue that modal type systems provide an elegant and practical means for controlling local resources in spatially distributed computer programs. A distributed program is one that executes in multiple physical or logical places. It usually does so because those places have loca ..."
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In this dissertation I argue that modal type systems provide an elegant and practical means for controlling local resources in spatially distributed computer programs. A distributed program is one that executes in multiple physical or logical places. It usually does so because those places have local resources that can only be used in those locations. Such resources can include processing power, proximity to data, hardware, or the physical presence of a user. Programmers that write distributed applications therefore need to be able to reason about the places in which their programs will execute. This work provides an elegant and practical way to think about such programs in the form of a type system derived from modal logic. Modal logic allows for reasoning about truth from multiple simultaneous perspectives. These perspectives, called "worlds," are identified with the locations in the distributed program. This enables the programming language to be simultaneously aware of the various hosts involved in a program, their
Modal Types for Mobile Code (draft)
, 2007
"... compilers, types In this dissertation I argue that modal type systems provide an elegant and practical means for controlling local resources in spatially distributed computer programs. A distributed program is one that executes in multiple physical or logical places. It usually does so because those ..."
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compilers, types In this dissertation I argue that modal type systems provide an elegant and practical means for controlling local resources in spatially distributed computer programs. A distributed program is one that executes in multiple physical or logical places. It usually does so because those places have local resources that can only be used in those locations. Such resources can include processing power, proximity to data, hardware, or the physical presence of a user. Programmers that write distributed applications therefore need to be able to reason about the places in which their programs will execute. This work provides an elegant and practical way to think about such programs in the form of a type system derived from modal logic. Modal logic allows for reasoning about truth from multiple simultaneous perspectives. These perspectives, called “worlds, ” are identified with the locations in the distributed program. This enables the programming language
A Modal Logic Internalizing Normal Proofs
"... In the prooftheoretic study of logic, the notion of normal proof has been understood and investigated as a metalogical property. Usually we formulate a system of logic, identify a class of proofs as normal proofs, and show that every proof in the system reduces to a corresponding normal proof. Th ..."
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In the prooftheoretic study of logic, the notion of normal proof has been understood and investigated as a metalogical property. Usually we formulate a system of logic, identify a class of proofs as normal proofs, and show that every proof in the system reduces to a corresponding normal proof. This paper develops a system of modal logic that is capable of expressing the notion of normal proof within the system itself, thereby making normal proofs an inherent property of the logic. Using a modality △ to express the existence of a normal proof, the system provides a means for both recognizing and manipulating its own normal proofs. We develop the system as a sequent calculus with the implication connective ⊃ and the modality △, and prove the cut elimination theorem. From the sequent calculus, we derive two equivalent natural deduction systems.