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JSW 2017 Vol.12(7): 570-580 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.17706/jsw.12.7.570-580

Big-step and Small-Step Semantics of the Call-by-Name RPC Calculus

Keishi Watanabe*, Shin-ya Nishizaki
Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-W8-69, Ookayama, Meguroku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan.

Abstract—A remote procedure call (RPC) is a network communication technique between distributed computers. RPC is more approachable than the other network communication techniques since a programmer can use it in a similar manner to a procedure call in a sequential program on a single CPU computer. Cooper and Wadler proposed the RPC calculus and formalized the remote procedure call in the style of the lambda calculus. They used the call-by-value evaluation strategy for the RPC calculus. We may say that the RPC calculus is an extension of the traditional call-by-value lambda calculus by attaching a location. In the previous work, we developed a big-step semantics of the call-by-name RPC calculus and studied the translation of the call-by-name RPC calculus into the call-by name RMI calculus, in order to show the expressive power of the RMI calculus. In this paper, we newly propose a small-step semantics of the call-by-name RPC calculus. We prove the equivalence between the small-step and big-step semantics.

Index Terms—programming language theory, functional programming language, lambda calculus, operational semantics, remote procedure call, RPC calculus.


Cite: Keishi Watanabe, Shin-ya Nishizaki, "Big-step and Small-Step Semantics of the Call-by-Name RPC Calculus," Journal of Software vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 570-580, 2017.

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