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Twenty-First Annual IEEE Symposium on

Logic in Computer Science (LICS 2006)

Paper: Saturated Semantics for Reactive Systems (at LICS 2006)

Authors: Filippo Bonchi Ugo Montanari Barbara König


The semantics of process calculi has traditionally been specified by labelled transition systems (LTS), but with the development of name calculi it turned out that reaction rules (i.e., unlabelled transition rules) are often more natural. This leads to the question of how behavioural equivalences (bisimilarity, trace equivalence, etc.) defined for LTS can be transferred to unlabelled transition systems. Recently, in order to answer this question, several proposals have been made with the aim of automatically deriving an LTS from reaction rules in such a way that the resulting equivalences are congruences. Furthermore these equivalences should agree with the standard semantics, whenever one exists. In this paper we propose saturated semantics, based on a weaker notion of observation and orthogonal to all the previous proposals, and we demonstrate the appropriateness of our semantics by means of two examples: logic programming and a subset of the open ð-calculus. Indeed, we prove that our equivalences are congruences and that they coincide with logical equivalence and open bisimilarity respectively, while equivalences studied in previous works are strictly finer.


    author = 	 {Filippo Bonchi and Ugo Montanari and Barbara König},
    title = 	 {Saturated Semantics for Reactive Systems},
    booktitle =  {Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science (LICS 2006)},
    year =	 {2006},
    month =	 {August}, 
    pages =      {69--78},
    location =   {Seattle, Washington, USA}, 
    publisher =	 {IEEE Computer Society Press}

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