What is branching time semantics and why to use it?

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The concept of branching time in the semantics of concurrent systems is well known and well understood. Still a formal definition of what it means for a model or equivalence to respect branching time has never explicitly be given. This note proposes such a definition. Additionally the opportunity is taken to voice an old but poorly understood argument for using branching time semantics instead of models or equivalences that are fully abstract with respect to some notion of observability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Trends in Theoretical Computer Science; Entering the 21st Century
EditorsG. Paun, G. Rozenberg, A. Salomaa
PublisherWorld Scientific
Pages469-479
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-4492-05-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-281-040-3, 978-981-02-4473-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2001

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