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Author Degano, Pierpaolo ♦ Montanari, Ugo
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1987
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract In our model, a graph describes a net of processes communicating through ports and, at the same time, its computation history consisting of a partial ordering of events. Stand-alone evolution of processes is specified by context-free productions. From productions and a basic synchronization mechanism, a set of context-sensitive rewriting rules that models the evolution of processes connected to the same ports can be derived. A computation is a sequence of graphs obtained by successive rewritings. The result of a finite computation is its last graph, whereas the result of an infinite computation is the limit, infinite graph defined through a completion technique based on metric spaces. A result characterizes a concurrent computation, since it abstracts from any particular interleaving of concurrent events, while in the meantime providing information about termination, partial or complete deadlocks, and fairness. Not every result is acceptable, however, but only the computations that produce a result no longer rewritable are successful. Infinite successful computations are shown to coincide with weakly fair computations, and a scheduler yielding all and only such computations is defined.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1987-04-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 34
Issue Number 2
Page Count 39
Starting Page 411
Ending Page 449


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Source: ACM Digital Library