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In this paper, a process algebra that incorporates explicit representations of successful termination, deadlock, and divergence is introduced and its semantic theory is analyzed. Both an operational and a denotational semantics for the language is given and it is shown that they agree. The operational theory is based upon a suitable adaptation of the notion(More)
These notes are intended to support the course on Semantics and Verification , and may be read independently or in conjunction with Mil-ner's textbook [15]. They are under constant revision, and their most recent version is available at the URL Please let us know of any comment you may have, or typographical mistake you may find, by sending an email at the(More)
There has been considerable controversy in concurrency theory between the ‘interleaving’ and ‘true concurrency’ schools. The former school advocates associating a transition system with a process which captures concurrent execution via the interleaving of occurrences; the latter adopts more complex semantic structures to avoid reducing concurrency to(More)
Aceto, L., GSOS and finite labelled transition systems, Theoretical Computer Science 131 (1994) 181-195. Recently there has been considerable interest in studying formats of Plotkin style inference rules which ensure that the induced labelled transition system semantics have certain properties, In this note, I shall give a contribution to this line of(More)
This paper contributes to the study of the equational theory of the semantics in van Glabbeek's linear time-branching time spectrum over the language BCCSP, a basic process algebra for the description of finite synchronization trees. It offers an algorithm for producing a complete (respectively, ground-complete) equational axiomatization of any behav-ioral(More)
An extension of a structural definition of an operational semantics is (operationally) conservative if it does not affect the semantics of terms over the original signature. We present a survey of syntactic formats that have been developed to guarantee that such an extension is conservative. We also give an overview of properties, in the realm of equational(More)