Concurrency Theory: Calculi and Automata for Modelling by Howard Bowman

By Howard Bowman

Concurrency Theory is a synthesis of 1 of the key threads of theoretical desktop technology examine targeting languages and graphical notations for describing collections of concurrently evolving parts that engage via synchronous communique. the most specification notation desirous about during this booklet is LOTOS. an intensive creation to this actual method calculus is given, highlighting how the method differs from competitor suggestions, akin to CCS and CSP.

The publication covers linear-time semantics, in response to strains; branching-time semantics, utilizing either classified transition platforms and refusals; and real concurrency semantics, utilizing (bundle) occasion constructions. moreover, the ebook discusses speaking automata methods (both finite and endless state); how the speculation should be generalised to the timed surroundings; and, eventually, the authors generalise the (finite and limitless country) speaking automata notations to yield timed automata and discrete timed automata.

This publication represents a complete go through the spectrum of concurrency concept study: From untimed to timed syntax and semantics and method calculi to automata. Researchers and practitioners within the box of concurrency thought, in addition to MSc and PhD scholars, will locate the excellent assurance during this e-book crucial reading.

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2. The Dining Philosophers specification only defines “possibilities” for evolution of a system and it is through interaction with a particular environment that these possibilities are resolved and realised. For example, if an environment cannot offer an action that a specification must perform, a deadlock will ensue. e. as a black box with two interaction points between the specification and the environment, g and h. Such interaction points are called gates (the term port is also sometimes used). The set of all gates of a specification defines the interface to the specification.

Can contain cycles. 1 Abstract Actions The first major principle is to assume the existence of a universe of observable actions (these are also called external actions). For example, in specifying a communication protocol we might assume the following observable actions exist. • send, which references the instant that a message is transmitted from a sender process to a communication medium; • receive, which references the instant that a message is passed from the communication medium to a receiver process; • timeout, which references the instant that a sender process times out waiting for an acknowledgement; • And similarly, sendAck, receiveAck, get, put etc; and, in specifying the Dining Philosophers problem, we might assume the following observable actions: • pick, which references the instant that a chopstick is picked up off the table; and • put, which references the instant that a chopstick is put back onto the table.

Part II Concurrency Theory – Untimed Models 17 This part contains core concurrency theory material. We present the process calculus pbLOTOS from first principles in Chapter 2, illustrating the approach with a number of running examples. Then, in Chapters 3, 4 and 5, we consider how this calculus can be interpreted semantically. In particular, we motivate the use of semantic models in concurrency theory in Chapter 3. Then, in the same chapter, we consider two simple semantic theories: (linear time) trace semantics and (branching time) labelled transition system semantics.

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