Computer Science Department
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


A Logical Foundation for Session-based Concurrent Computation

Bernardo Parente Coutinho Fernandes Toninho

May 2015

Ph.D. Thesis


Keywords: Session Types, Linear Logic, Type Theory, Proofs as Programs

Linear logic has long been heralded for its potential of providing a logical basis for concurrency. While over the years many research attempts were made in this regard, a Curry-Howard correspondence between linear logic and concurrent computation was only found recently, bridging the proof theory of linear logic and session-typed process calculus. Building upon this work, we have developed a theory of intuitionistic linear logic as a logical foundation for session-based concurrent computation, exploring several concurrency related phenomena such as value-dependent session types and polymorphic sessions within our logical framework in an arguably clean and elegant way, establishing with relative ease strong typing guarantees due to the logical basis, which ensure the fundamental properties of type preservation and global progress, entailing the absence of deadlocks in communication. We develop a general purpose concurrent programming language based on the logical interpretation, combining functional programming with a concurrent, session-based process layer through the form of a contextual monad, preserving our strong typing guarantees of type preservation and deadlock-freedom in the presence of general recursion and higher-order process communication. We introduce a notion of linear logical relations for session typed concurrent processes, developing an arguably uniform technique for reasoning about sophisticated properties of session-based concurrent computation such as termination or equivalence based on our logical approach, further supporting our goal of establishing intuitionistic linear logic as a logical foundation for session-based concurrency.

184 pages

Thesis Committee:
Frank Pfenning (Chair)
Robert Harper
Stephen Brookes
Vasco Vasconcelos (Universidade de Lisboa)

Luís Caires (Chair, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
António Ravara (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Simon Gay (University of Glasgow)

Frank Pfenning, Head, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew W. Moore, Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

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