On the Expressiveness of Forwarding in Higher-Order Communication

Jorge Perez

In higher-order process calculi the values exchanged in communications may contain processes. There are only two capabilities for received processes: execution and forwarding. Here we propose a limited form of forwarding: output actions can only communicate the parallel composition of statically known closed processes and processes received through previously executed input actions. We study the expressiveness of a higher-order process calculus featuring this style of communication. Our main result shows that in this calculus termination is decidable while convergence is undecidable.

This is joint work with Cinzia Di Giusto and Gianluigi Zavattaro.