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A construction of distributed reference counting

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Distributed reference counting is a general purpose technique, which may be used, e.g., to detect termination of distributed programs or to implement distributed garbage collection. We present a distributed reference counting algorithm and a mechanical proof of correctness carried out using the proof assistant Coq. The algorithm is formalised by an abstract machine, and its correctness has two different facets. The safety property ensures that if there exists a reference to a resource, then its reference counter will be strictly positive. Liveness guarantees that if all references to a resource are deleted, its reference counter will eventually become null.

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Moreau, Luc and Duprat, Jean (2001) A construction of distributed reference counting Acta Informatica, 37, pp. 563-595. (doi:10.1007/PL00013315).

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Published date: 2001
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 258935
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/258935
PURE UUID: 2b9919af-e93f-4d34-9276-ea9809916129
ORCID for Luc Moreau: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3494-120X

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Date deposited: 01 Mar 2004
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:27

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Author: Luc Moreau ORCID iD
Author: Jean Duprat

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