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A well-known problem in Petri net theory is to formalise an appropriate causality-based concept of process or run for place/transition systems. The so-called individual token interpretation, where tokens are distinguished according to their causal history, giving rise to the processes of Goltz and Reisig, is often considered too detailed. The problem of… (More)

We consider approaches for causal semantics of Petri nets, explicitly representing dependencies between transition occurrences. For one-safe nets or condition/event-systems, the notion of process as defined by Carl Adam Petri provides a notion of a run of a system where causal dependencies are reflected in terms of a partial order. A well-known problem is… (More)

When considering distributed systems, it is a central issue how to deal with interactions between components. In this paper, we investigate the paradigms of synchronous and asynchronous interaction in the context of distributed systems. We investigate to what extent or under which conditions synchronous interaction is a valid concept for specification and… (More)

We study the relation between process calculi that differ in their either synchronous or asynchronous interaction mechanism. Concretely, we are interested in the conditions under which synchronous interaction can be implemented using just asynchronous interactions in the π-calculus. We assume a number of minimal conditions referring to the work of Gorla: a… (More)

Given a synchronous system, we study the question whether the behaviour of that system can be exhibited by a (non-trivially) distributed and hence asynchronous implementation. In this paper we show, by counterexample, that synchronous systems cannot in general be implemented in an asynchronous fashion without either introducing an infinite implementation or… (More)

We investigate classes of systems based on different interaction patterns with the aim of achieving dis-tributability. As our system model we use Petri nets. In Petri nets, an inherent concept of simultaneity is built in, since when a transition has more than one preplace, it can be crucial that tokens are removed instantaneously. When modelling a system… (More)

We formalise a general concept of distributed systems as sequential components interacting asynchronously. We define a corresponding class of Petri nets, called LSGA nets, and precisely characterise those system specifications which can be implemented as LSGA nets up to branching ST-bisimilarity with explicit divergence.

We formalise a general concept of distributed systems as sequential components interacting asyn-chronously. We define a corresponding class of Petri nets, called LSGA nets, and precisely char-acterise those system specifications which can be implemented as LSGA nets up to branching ST-bisimilarity with explicit divergence.