The Automated Serialization of Concurrent CSP Scripts using Mathematica
Authors: Zhou, Weiyang, Stiles, G. S.
This report discusses the design and implementation of a package of Mathematica-based tools for serializing scripts describing the behavior of concurrent systems in CSP. Under some conditions, serialization can yield code that is more efficient than multi-process versions and can better meet processor constraints. Under most conditions concurrent design is easier and more reliable so we prefer to design concurrently and only implement serially when necessary. The tools include a set of definitions and procedures to automatically change concurrent code to serial code. Conversions of the following step laws have been implemented thus far: external choice, generalized parallel, and alphabetized parallel; additional laws will be implemented in the next month or so. The tools support the input of the more formal typeset notation of CSP, which makes the script writing intuitive, and can convert the typeset version to the machine-readable version required by software such as FDR. The correctness of the conversions has been checked with the FDR package. This package should be of use to both those regularly working on concurrent systems and those learning CSP.
Communicating Process Architectures 2000, Peter H. Welch, André W. P. Bakkers, 2000, pp 15 - 32 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam
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