Licentiate thesis 2012-008

Extending Psi-calculi and their Formal Proofs

Palle Raabjerg

14 November 2012

Psi-calculi is a parametric framework for extensions of the pi-calculus, with arbitrary data structures and logical assertions for facts about data. This thesis presents broadcast psi-calculi and higher-order psi-calculi, two extensions of the psi-calculi framework, allowing respectively one-to-many communications and the use of higher-order process descriptions through conditions in the parameterised logic. Both extensions preserve the purity of the psi-calculi semantics; the standard congruence and structural properties of bisimilarity are proved formally in Isabelle. The work going into the extensions show that depending on the specific extension, working out the formal proofs can be a work-intensive process. We find that some of this work could be automated, and implementing such automation may facilitate the development of future extensions to the psi-calculi framework.

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