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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-006-05-0490


A New Approach to Communicating X-Machines Systems

Horia Georgescu (Faculty of Mathematics, Bucharest University, Romania)

Cristina Vertan (Faculty of Mathematics, Bucharest University, Romania)

Abstract: This paper presents a new model for the specification of communicating X-machine systems (CXMS). In previous papers, systems of X-machines have been implemented in two ways: using an unique X-machine which simulates the concurrent behaviour of several processes [1], or using several X-machines which communicate through asynchronous channels [2].

This article introduces an X-machine system for which the communication between components is done through synchronous channels. The model supposes that each X-machine has a local memory, an input and an output tape. The X-machines act simultaneously. The states of each component of the system are partitioned into processing and communicating states. Passing messages between the X-machines involves only communicating states. It is shown that, taking advantage of the behaviour of X-machines, communication using channels may be implemented, thus providing a synchronous message passing.

Keywords: communicating X-machine systems, communication using channels, concurrent processes

Categories: D.1.3, F.1.2, H.2.4