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ICE-TCS seminar: Hendrik Maarand

Certified Foata normalization for generalized traces

  • 12.2.2018, 12:10 - 13:00

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Date and time: Monday, 12 February 2018 from 12:10 till 13:00
Place: Room M111 at Reykjavik University

Title: Certified Foata normalization for generalized traces

Speaker: Hendrik Maarand (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

Abstract
Mazurkiewicz traces are a well-known model of concurrency with a notion of equivalence for interleaving executions. Interleaving executions of a concurrent system are represented as strings over an alphabet equipped with an independence relation, and two strings are taken to be equivalent if they can be transformed into each other by repeatedly commuting independent consecutive letters. Analyzing all behaviors of the system can be reduced to analyzing one canonical representative from each equivalence class; normal forms such as the Foata normal form can be used for this purpose. In some applications, it is useful to have commutability of two adjacent letters in a string depend on their left context. We develop Foata normal forms and normalization for Sassone et al.'s context-dependent generalization of traces, formalize this development in the dependently typed programming language Agda and show generalized Foata normalization in action on an example from relaxed shared-memory concurrency (local reads in TSO).

This is joint work with Tarmo Uustalu.