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%T Mobile Escape Analysis for occam\-pi
%A Frederick R. M. Barnes
%E Peter H. Welch, Herman Roebbers, Jan F. Broenink, Frederick R. M. Barnes, Carl G. Ritson, Adam T. Sampson, G. S. Stiles, Brian Vinter
%B Communicating Process Architectures 2009
%X Escape analysis is the process of discovering boundaries
   of dynamically allocated objects in programming languages.
   For object\-oriented languages such as C++ and Java, this
   analysis leads to an understanding of which program objects
   interact directly, as well as what objects hold references
   to other objects. Such information can be used to help
   verify the correctness of an implementation with respect to
   its design, or provide information to a run\-time
   system about which objects can be allocated on the stack
   (because they do not \[dq]escape\[dq] the method in which
   they are declared). For existing object\-oriented
   languages, this analysis is typically made difficult by
   aliasing endemic to the language, and is further complicated
   by inheritance and polymorphism. In contrast, the occam\-pi
   programming language is a process\-oriented language, with
   systems built from layered networks of communicating
   concurrent processes. The language has a strong
   relationship with the CSP process algebra, that can be used
   to reason formally about the correctness of occam\-pi
   programs. This paper presents early work on a compositional
   escape analysis technique for mobiles in the occam\-pi
   programming language, in a style not dissimilar to existing
   CSP analyses. The primary aim is to discover the boundaries
   of mobiles within the communication graph, and to determine
   whether or not they escape any particular process or network
   of processes. The technique is demonstrated by analysing
   some typical occam\-pi processes and networks, giving a
   formal understanding of their mobile escape behaviour.

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