The Pi-Calculus: A Theory of Mobile Processes

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ISBN-13: 978-0521543279
ISBN-10: 0521543274
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"Sangiorgi and Walker have written an extremely valuable account of the pi-calculus which should be appreciated by researchers in theoretical computer science and related areas of symbolic logic, as it covers the basic theory rigorously and in great depth. It is a valuable reference for those of us who are active researchers in this area." Symoblic Logic

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A detailed text on the p-calculus, a mathematical model highly suited to describing mobile systems, the components of which communicate and change their structure. The book is written at the graduate level, assuming no prior acquaintance with the subject, and is intended for computer scientists interested in mobile systems.
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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521543274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521543279
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 13, 2006
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It is interesting that the pi-calculus, which on first inspection can be viewed as a highly abstract formalism somewhat removed from reality, has now found application in a variety of fields, such as business process modeling, computational biology, artificial intelligence, and network modeling. It is one of the many examples of process algebra that have appeared in the last two decades, and has been the subject of intense research. This book gives an overview of the formalism of pi-calculus, both in its original form as envisaged by its creator Robin Milner, and from the standpoint of its variations and extensions. For readers (such as this reviewer) who are relatively new to process algebra, the writing may be somewhat difficult to follow, this due mostly to the choice of notation. On the other hand, readers (such as this reviewer) who are familiar with the lambda calculus or functional programming will find familiar territory in the book, and will more fully appreciate the sixth part of the book, which deals with the interpretation of functions as processes. Those readers interested in applications will have to consult other books and papers.

Conceptually the pi-calculus is fairly easy to understand: it is a method of passing values that can respect the local scope. This ability distinguishes it from being merely a value-passing process algebra, which would be helpful in some contexts but not of much use in applications. The authors describe pi-calculus as being a theory of mobile systems, in that one can use it to understand mobility and to study the patterns executed by mobile systems.
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