Linearity and Bisimulation (with Nobuko Yoshida and Kohei Honda)

Exploiting linear type structure, we introduce a new theory of weak bisimilarity for the pi-calculus in which we abstract away not only tau-actions but also non-tau actions which do not affect well-typed observers. This gives a congruence far larger than the standard bisimilarity while retaining semantic soundness. The framework is smoothly extendible to other settings involving nondeterminism and state. As an application we develop a behavioural theory of secrecy in the pi-calculus which ensures secure information flow for a strictly greater set of processes than the type-based approach in [Honda et al. 99, Honda and Yoshida 02], while still offering compositional verification techniques.

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