A relational model of non-deterministic dataflow

  • Thomas Hildebrandt
  • Prakash Panangaden
  • Glynn Winskel
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1466)


We recast dataflow in a modern categorical light using profunctors as a generalisation of relations. The well known causal anomalies associated with relational semantics of indeterminate dataflow are avoided, but still we preserve much of the intuitions of a relational model. The development fits with the view of categories of models for concurrency and the general treatment of bisimulation they provide. In particular it fits with the recent categorical formulation of feedback using traced monoidal categories. The payoffs are: (1) explicit relations to existing models and semantics, especially the usual axioms of monotone IO automata are read off from the definition of profunctors, (2) a new definition of bisimulation for dataflow, the proof of the congruence of which benefits from the preservation properties associated with open maps and (3) a treatment of higher-order dataflow as a biproduct, essentially by following the geometry of interaction programme.


Input Port Monoidal Category History Model Monoidal Structure Synchronous Communication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Hildebrandt
    • 1
  • Prakash Panangaden
    • 2
  • Glynn Winskel
    • 1
  1. 1.BRICSUniversity of AarhusDenmark
  2. 2.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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