Parameterised Multiparty Session Types

TitleParameterised Multiparty Session Types
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDenielou, PM, Yoshida, N, Bejleri, A, Hu, R
JournalLogical Methods in Computer Science
Type of ArticleJournal Article
KeywordsComputer Science, D.1.3, F.1.1, F.1.2, F.3.3, Logic in Computer Science

For many application-level distributed protocols and parallel algorithms, the set of participants, the number of messages or the interaction structure are only known at run-time. This paper proposes a dependent type theory for multiparty sessions which can statically guarantee type-safe, deadlock-free multiparty interactions among processes whose specifications are parameterised by indices. We use the primitive recursion operator from Gödel's System T to express a wide range of communication patterns while keeping type checking decidable. To type individual distributed processes, a parameterised global type is projected onto a generic generator which represents a class of all possible end-point types. We prove the termination of the type-checking algorithm in the full system with both multiparty session types and recursive types. We illustrate our type theory through non-trivial programming and verification examples taken from parallel algorithms and Web services usecases.