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Incrementality xor currency for monotone fixed points

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Many problems can be concisely expressed as finding the least fixed point of a monotone map, including graph reachability, static analysis by abstract interpretation, regular expression matching, and parsing. There is a straightforward way to compute these fixpoints: iterate the function. Unfortunately, this is inefficient, for at least two reasons: first, it performs redundant work during each iteration; second, it is inherently single-threaded.

In this talk, I will show how to solve the first of these problems using seminaive evaluation, a technique that iterates to a fixed point faster by computing only the differences between iterations. I will also discuss work in progress on the second problem using a simple graph based model of concurrent monotone computation. Unfortunately, I do not know how to reconcile these two approaches and achieve an implementation strategy for monotone fixed points that is both incremental and concurrent.

This talk is part of the Logic and Semantics Seminar (Computer Laboratory) series.

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