Homology, Homotopy and Applications

Volume 5 (2003)

Number 2

Volume of a Workshop at Stanford University

State spaces and dipaths up to dihomotopy

Pages: 257 – 280

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4310/HHA.2003.v5.n2.a9


Martin Raussen (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark)


Geometric models have been used by several authors to describe the behaviour of concurrent sytems in computer science. A concurrent computation corresponds to an oriented path (dipath) in a (locally) partially ordered state space, and dihomotopic dipaths correspond to equivalent computations. This paper studies several invariants of the state space in the spirit of those of algebraic topology, but taking partial orders into account as an important part of the structure. We use several categories of fractions of the fundamental category of the state space and define and investigate the related quotient categories of “components”. For concurrency applications, the resulting categories can be interpreted as a dramatic reduction of the size of the state space to be considered.


abstract homotopy theory, dihomotopy theory

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

51H15, 54Exx

Published 1 January 2003