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A Fully Abstract Symbolic Semantics for Psi-Calculi

Author(s): Magnus Johansson | Björn Victor | Joachim Parrow

Journal: Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science
ISSN 2075-2180

Volume: 18;
Issue: Proc. SOS 2009;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2010;
Original page

We present a symbolic transition system and bisimulation equivalence for psi-calculi, and show that it is fully abstract with respect to bisimulation congruence in the non-symbolic semantics. A psi-calculus is an extension of the pi-calculus with nominal data types for data structures and for logical assertions representing facts about data. These can be transmitted between processes and their names can be statically scoped using the standard pi-calculus mechanism to allow for scope migrations. Psi-calculi can be more general than other proposed extensions of the pi-calculus such as the applied pi-calculus, the spi-calculus, the fusion calculus, or the concurrent constraint pi-calculus. Symbolic semantics are necessary for an efficient implementation of the calculus in automated tools exploring state spaces, and the full abstraction property means the semantics of a process does not change from the original.
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