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CFC extended: process algebra book


Process Algebra for Parallel and Distributed Processing:
Algebraic Languages in Specification-Based Software Development

Michael Alexander, Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien
Bill Gardner, University of Guelph

The book will be published in the Computational Science Series by
Chapman and Hall/CRC Press in 2008


Programming today's multi-core processor architectures, clusters, and
grids is hard. Compiler research -- despite years of effort -- has still
not produced implicit instruction parallelism detection that goes much
beyond that of basic loop-parallelism. In addition, parallel programming
in the past two decades has seen only measured improvements in parallel
algorithms, languages with parallel expressivity, frameworks, and
distributed validation support. As compilers have failed to deliver on
their original promises, the objective of easing fine-grained parallel
application programmability remains.

As a consequence, new and additional paradigms are being looked at to
solve what amounts to an emerging "parallel software development
crisis". The approach that looks most promising is that of
specification-based software development. It has its origins 3 decades
ago, and it has been in a holding state for many years, only to re-emerge to
a wider audience with the advent of the Object Management Group's Model
Driven Architecture (MDA). Yet, specification-based software
development can only deliver correct, parallel and distributed programs
if the specification is precise, sufficiently expressive, and complete.
Here, algebraic languages and process algebras are the paradigm that
could catalyze solutions to many problems hampering efficient multi-core
processor, cluster, and grid programmability problems. They are moving
into a wide realm, as evidenced by the recent release of an interpreter
for the algebraic Sun Fortress Language.

The book is targeted to bring together the state-of-the-art in research on
the application of algebraic languages and process algebras to
parallel and distributed processing. It will be written to the problem
statement of programming today's multi-core processor architectures,
clusters, and grids.


The book aims to extensively treat algebraic languages/process algebras
in parallel processing, embodying the state-of-the-art in many of the
following non-inclusive list of subtopics, emphasizing an algebraic
approach in each.

Parallelism-oriented algebraic languages
Process calculi as catalysts to solving the concurrent programming challenge
Challenges in parallel programming
Formal models in distributed and parallel processing
Model checking, verification techniques
Program transformation
Concurrent languages
Formal semantics
Formal object-oriented languages
Algebras in the theory of parallel processing and distributed computing
(Object oriented) distributed systems algebras
Algebras and library-based approaches
Frameworks supporting algebraic implementations
MPI and process algebras
Algebraic treatments of parallel and distributed databases (relational
Concurrent composition
Program generation
Specification methods, notations and languages (Z, VDM-SL, B, etc.)
Model and algebra transformation
Operational semantics of distributed/parallel algebraic languages
Parallel and distributed system specification
Process algebra compilers
Timed algebras
Actor models
CCS/CSP/ACP/Pi-Calculus/etc. in parallel-and distributed processing
Equational Reasoning
Software reliability/safety-critical systems
Compositional/noncompositional methods
Formal software development
Integrated development environments for formal software
Case studies

The editors invite the submission of abstracts (300-600 words) for
proposed chapters, not under consideration elsewhere. Format and
preparation instructions for full chapter submissions will be
supplied to authors of accepted abstracts. Submitted chapters will
undergo peer review.


Abstracts deadline, EXTENDED TO June 23, 2007
Notify accepted abstracts, NOW June 26, 2007
Chapters deadline, Sep. 3, 2007
Notify accepted chapters, Dec. 17, 2007
Final manuscripts with index word lists, Feb. 18, 2008


Please post an abstract of your planned submission via EDAS at
http://edas DOT info/newPaper.php?c=5487
There, create an EDAS account and paste the abstract text into
the paper registration form.

The book's website can be found at:

Editor Contacts

Dr. Michael Alexander
Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien
Department of Information Systems and Process Management
Augasse 2-6
A-1090 Vienna, Austria
Email: malexand@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Telephone: +43.1.31336.4467

Dr. William Gardner
University of Guelph
Department of Computing and Information Science
50 Stone Rd E
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1, Canada
Email: wgardner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Telephone: +1.519.824.4120 x52696