Process algebra : equational theories of communicating processes

J.C.M. Baeten, T. Basten, M.A. Reniers

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Process algebra is a widely accepted and much used technique in the specification and verification of parallel and distributed software systems. This book sets the standard for the field. It assembles the relevant results of most process algebras currently in use, and presents them in a unified framework and notation. The authors describe the theory underlying the development, realization and maintenance of software that occurs in parallel or distributed systems. A system can be specified in the syntax provided, and the axioms can be used to verify that a composed system has the required external behavior. As examples, two protocols are completely specified and verified in the text: the Alternating-Bit Protocol for Data Communication, and Fischer’s Protocol of Mutual Exclusion. The book serves as a reference text for researchers and graduate students in computer science, offering a complete overview of the field and referring to further literature where appropriate. Contents Preface; 1. Process algebra; 2. Preliminaries; 3. Transition systems; 4. Basic process theory; 5. Recursion; 6. Sequential processes; 7. Parallel and communicating processes; 8. Abstraction; 9. Timing; 10. Data and states; 11. Features; 12. Semantics; Bibliography; Index of symbols and notations; Index of authors; Index of subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages460
ISBN (Print)978-0-521-82049-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameCambridge tracts in theoretical computer science
ISSN (Print)0956-9103


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