Concurrency Theorems for Non-linear Rewriting Theories

Abstract

Sesqui-pushout (SqPO) rewriting along non-linear rules and for monic matches is well-known to permit the modeling of fusing and cloning of vertices and edges, yet to date, no construction of a suitable concurrency theorem was available. The lack of such a theorem, in turn, rendered compositional reasoning for such rewriting systems largely infeasible. We develop in this paper a suitable concurrency theorem for non-linear SqPO-rewriting in categories that are quasi-topoi (subsuming the example of adhesive categories) and with matches required to be regular monomorphisms of the given category. Our construction reveals an interesting “backpropagation effect” in computing rule compositions. We derive in addition a concurrency theorem for non-linear double pushout (DPO) rewriting in rm-adhesive categories. Our results open non-linear SqPO and DPO semantics to the rich static analysis techniques available from concurrency, rule algebra and tracelet theory.

Publication
In: arXiv preprint (long version including additional technical appendices of a paper with the same title accepted for ICGT 2021)