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Session Types for Functional Multithreading

Vasco Vasconcelos and Antonio Ravara and Simon Gay

Presented at Fifteenth International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2004), London, England, 31 August - 3 September, 2004


We define a language whose type system, incorporating session types, allows complex protocols to be specified by types and verified by static typechecking. A session type, associated with a communication channel, specifies the state transitions of a protocol and also the data types of messages associated with transitions; thus typechecking can verify both correctness of individual messages and correctness of sequences of transitions. Previously session types have mainly been studied in the context of the $\pi$-calculus; instead, our formulation is based on a multi-threaded functional language with side-effecting input/output operations. Our typing judgements statically describe dynamic changes in the types of channels, our channel types statically track aliasing, and our function types not only specify argument and result types but also describe changes in channel types. We formalise the syntax, semantics and typing rules of our language, and prove subject reduction and runtime type safety theorems.

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