Towards an ASM thesis for reflective sequential algorithms

Authors Flavio Ferrarotti
Loredana Tec
Jose Maria Turull Torres
Editors Michael Butler
Klaus-Dieter Schewe
Atif Mashkoor
Miklós Biró
Title Towards an ASM thesis for reflective sequential algorithms
Booktitle Abstract State Machines, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM, and Z - Proc. ABZ 2016
Type in proceedings
Publisher Springer
Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume 9676
ISBN 978-3-319-33599-5
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-33600-8_16
Month May
Year 2016
Pages 244-249
SCCH ID# 1618

Starting from Gurevich's thesis for sequential algorithms (the so-called \sequential ASM thesis"), we propose a characterization of the behaviour of sequential algorithms enriched with reflection. That is, we present a set of postulates which we conjecture capture the fundamental properties of reflective sequential algorithms (RSAs). Then we discuss the plausibility of an ASM thesis for the class of RSAs, defining a model of abstract state machine (which we call reflective ASM) that we conjecture captures the class of RSAs as defined by our postulates.