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A calculus of mobile processes, I
, 1992
"... We present the acalculus, a calculus of communicating systems in which one can naturally express processes which have changing structure. Not only may the component agents of a system be arbitrarily linked, but a communication between neighbours may carry information which changes that linkage. The ..."
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We present the acalculus, a calculus of communicating systems in which one can naturally express processes which have changing structure. Not only may the component agents of a system be arbitrarily linked, but a communication between neighbours may carry information which changes that linkage. The calculus is an extension of the process algebra CCS, following work by Engberg and Nielsen, who added mobility to CCS while preserving its algebraic properties. The rrcalculus gains simplicity by removing all distinction between variables and constants; communication links are identified by names, and computation is represented purely as the communication of names across links. After an illustrated description of how the ncalculus generalises conventional process algebras in treating mobility, several examples exploiting mobility are given in some detail. The important examples are the encoding into the ncalculus of higherorder functions (the Icalculus and combinatory algebra), the transmission of processes as values, and the representation of data structures as processes. The paper continues by presenting the algebraic theory of strong bisimilarity and strong equivalence, including a new notion of equivalence indexed by distinctionsi.e., assumptions of inequality among names. These theories are based upon a semantics in terms of a labeled transition system and a notion of strong bisimulation, both of which are expounded in detail in a companion paper. We also report briefly on workinprogress based upon the corresponding notion of weak bisimulation, in which internal actions cannot be observed.
Bigraphs and Mobile Processes (revised)
, 2004
"... A bigraphical reactive system (BRS) involves bigraphs, in which the nesting of nodes represents locality, independently of the edges connecting them; it also allows bigraphs to reconfigure themselves. BRSs aim to provide a uniform way to model spatially distributed systems that both compute and comm ..."
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A bigraphical reactive system (BRS) involves bigraphs, in which the nesting of nodes represents locality, independently of the edges connecting them; it also allows bigraphs to reconfigure themselves. BRSs aim to provide a uniform way to model spatially distributed systems that both compute and communicate. In this memorandum we develop their static and dynamic theory. In Part I we illustrate...
Pure bigraphs: structure and dynamics
, 2005
"... Bigraphs are graphs whose nodes may be nested, representing locality, independently of the edges connecting them. They may be equipped with reaction rules, forming a bigraphical reactive system (Brs) in which bigraphs can reconfigure themselves. Following an earlier paper describing link graphs, a c ..."
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Bigraphs are graphs whose nodes may be nested, representing locality, independently of the edges connecting them. They may be equipped with reaction rules, forming a bigraphical reactive system (Brs) in which bigraphs can reconfigure themselves. Following an earlier paper describing link graphs, a constituent of bigraphs, this paper is a devoted to pure bigraphs, which in turn underlie various more refined forms. Elsewhere it is shown that behavioural analysis for Petri nets, πcalculus and mobile ambients can all be recovered in the uniform framework of bigraphs. The paper first develops the dynamic theory of an abstract structure, a wide reactive system (Wrs), of which a Brs is an instance. In this context, labelled transitions are defined in such a way that the induced bisimilarity is a congruence. This work is then specialised to Brss, whose graphical structure allows many refinements of the theory. The latter part of the paper emphasizes bigraphical theory that is relevant to the treatment of dynamics via labelled transitions. As a running example, the theory is applied to finite pure CCS, whose resulting transition system and bisimilarity are analysed in detail. The paper also mentions briefly the use of bigraphs to model pervasive computing and
Reactive Systems over Cospans
, 2005
"... The theory of reactive systems, introduced by Leifer and Milner and previously extended by the authors, allows the derivation of wellbehaved labelled transition systems (LTS) for semantic models with an underlying reduction semantics. The derivation procedure requires the presence of certain colimi ..."
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The theory of reactive systems, introduced by Leifer and Milner and previously extended by the authors, allows the derivation of wellbehaved labelled transition systems (LTS) for semantic models with an underlying reduction semantics. The derivation procedure requires the presence of certain colimits (or, more usually and generally, bicolimits) which need to be constructed separately within each model. In this paper, we o#er a general construction of such bicolimits in a class of bicategories of cospans. The construction sheds light on as well as extends Ehrig and Konig's rewriting via borrowed contexts and opens the way to a unified treatment of several applications.
Transition systems, link graphs and Petri nets
, 2004
"... A framework is defined within which reactive systems can be studied formally. The framework is based upon scategories, a new variety of categories, within which reactive systems can be set up in such a way that labelled transition systems can be uniformly extracted. These lead in turn to behavi ..."
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A framework is defined within which reactive systems can be studied formally. The framework is based upon scategories, a new variety of categories, within which reactive systems can be set up in such a way that labelled transition systems can be uniformly extracted. These lead in turn to behavioural preorders and equivalences, such as the failures preorder (treated elsewhere) and bisimilarity, which are guaranteed to be congruential. The theory rests upon the notion of relative pushout previously introduced by the authors. The framework
Process Bisimulation via a Graphical Encoding
 IN: ICGT ‘06. VOLUME 4178 OF LNCS
, 2006
"... The paper presents a case study on the synthesis of labelled transition systems (ltss) for process calculi, choosing as testbed Milner’s Calculus of Communicating System (ccs). The proposal is based on a graphical encoding: each ccs process is mapped into a graph equipped with suitable interfaces, s ..."
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The paper presents a case study on the synthesis of labelled transition systems (ltss) for process calculi, choosing as testbed Milner’s Calculus of Communicating System (ccs). The proposal is based on a graphical encoding: each ccs process is mapped into a graph equipped with suitable interfaces, such that the denotation is fully abstract with respect to the usual structural congruence. Graphs with interfaces are amenable to the synthesis mechanism based on borrowed contexts (bcs), proposed by Ehrig and König (which are an instance of relative pushouts, originally introduced by Milner and Leifer). The bc mechanism allows the effective construction of an lts that has graphs with interfaces as both states and labels, and such that the associated bisimilarity is automatically a congruence. Our paper focuses on the analysis of the lts distilled by exploiting the encoding of ccs processes: besides offering some technical contributions towards the simplification of the bc mechanism, the key result of our work is the proof that the bisimilarity on processes obtained via bcs coincides with the standard strong bisimilarity for ccs.
Normal Forms for Partitions and Relations
 Recent Trends in Algebraic Development Techniques, volume 1589 of Lect. Notes in Comp. Science
, 1999
"... Recently there has been a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards their application in the "distributed and concurrent systems" ..."
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Recently there has been a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards their application in the "distributed and concurrent systems" field, but an exhaustive comparison between them is difficult because their presentations can be quite dissimilar. This work is a first step towards a unified view, which is able to recast all those formalisms into a more general one, where they can be easily compared. We introduce a general schema for describing a characteristic normal form for many algebraic formalisms, and show that those normal forms can be thought of as arrows of suitable concrete monoidal categories.
Observing reductions in nominal calculi via a graphical encoding of processes
 Processes, terms and cycles (Klop Festschrift), volume 3838 of LNCS
"... Abstract. The paper introduces a novel approach to the synthesis of labelled transition systems for calculi with name mobility. The proposal is based on a graphical encoding: Each process is mapped into a (ranked) graph, such that the denotation is fully abstract with respect to the usual structural ..."
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Abstract. The paper introduces a novel approach to the synthesis of labelled transition systems for calculi with name mobility. The proposal is based on a graphical encoding: Each process is mapped into a (ranked) graph, such that the denotation is fully abstract with respect to the usual structural congruence (i.e., two processes are equivalent exactly when the corresponding encodings yield the same graph). Ranked graphs are naturally equipped with a few algebraic operations, and they are proved to form a suitable (bi)category of cospans. Then, as proved by Sassone and Sobocinski, the synthesis mechanism based on relative pushout, originally proposed by Milner and Leifer, can be applied. The resulting labelled transition system has ranked graphs as both states and labels, and it induces on (encodings of) processes an observational equivalence that is reminiscent of early bisimilarity.
Some Algebraic Laws for Spans (and Their Connections With MultiRelations)
 Proceedings of RelMiS 2001, Workshop on Relational Methods in Software. Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, n.44 v.3, Elsevier Science (2001
, 2001
"... This paper investigates some basic algebraic properties of the categories of spans and cospans (up to isomorphic supports) over the category Set of (small) sets and functions, analyzing the monoidal structures induced over both spans and cospans by the cartesian product and disjoint union of sets. O ..."
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This paper investigates some basic algebraic properties of the categories of spans and cospans (up to isomorphic supports) over the category Set of (small) sets and functions, analyzing the monoidal structures induced over both spans and cospans by the cartesian product and disjoint union of sets. Our results nd analogous counterparts in (and are partly inspired by) the theory of relational algebras, thus our paper also shed some light on the relationship between (co)spans and the categories of (multi)relations and of equivalence relations. And, since (co)spans yields an intuitive presentation in terms of dynamical system with input and output interfaces, our results introduce an expressive, twofold algebra that can serve as a specication formalism for rewriting systems and for composing software modules and open programs. Key words: Spans, multirelations, monoidal categories, system specications. Introduction The use of spans [1,6] (and of the dual notion of cospans) have been...
Normal Forms for Algebras of Connections
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 2000
"... Recent years have seen a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards the application to the `distributed and concurrent systems' field, ..."
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Recent years have seen a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards the application to the `distributed and concurrent systems' field, but an exhaustive comparison between them is sometimes difficult, because their presentations can be quite dissimilar. This work is a first step towards a unified view: Focusing on the primitive ingredients of distributed spaces (namely interfaces, links and basic modules), we introduce a general schema for describing a normal form presentation of many algebraic formalisms, and show that those normal forms can be thought of as arrows of suitable monoidal categories.