Finite Process Structures
Pamela Z. Smith, D.R. Fitzwater
1974
A finite graph model is defined to describe all the computations, finite or infinite, generated by a formally defined complex of interacting digital systems. The graph, called a finite process structure, is an abstraction which can be formulated and computed directly from system representations. Finite process structures have properties making them excellent tools for design analysis; in particular, the infinite variety of graphs describing the processes of a single system at all levels of detail arranges itself into a latticeso it is possible to find desired characterizations algorithmically. Thus topdown hierarchical analysis of systems becomes a plausible goal. Within this context, a semantic theory of process structuring is initiated: a process definition is given, and compared to stateof theart definitions of processes.
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