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An Operational Semantics for Network Datalog

14 pagesPublished: May 15, 2012


Network Datalog (<i>NDlog</i>) is a recursive query language that extends Datalog by allowing programs to be distributed in a network. In our initial efforts to formally specify <i>NDlog</i>'s operational semantics, we have found several problems with the current evaluation algorithm being used, including unsound results, unintended multiple derivations of the same table entry, and divergence. In this paper, we make a first step towards correcting these problems by formally specifying a new operational semantics for <i>NDlog</i> and proving its correctness for the fragment of non-recursive programs. We also argue that if termination is guaranteed, then the results also extend to recursive programs. Finally, we identify a number of potential implementation improvements to <i>NDlog</i>.

Keyphrases: Declarative networking, logic programming, operational semantics, view maintenance

In: Berndt Müller (editor). LAM'10. 3rd International Workshop on Logics, Agents, and Mobility, vol 7, pages 68--81

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Vivek Nigam and Limin Jia and Anduo Wang and Boon Thau Loo and Andre Scedrov},
  title     = {An Operational Semantics for Network Datalog},
  booktitle = {LAM'10. 3rd International Workshop on Logics, Agents, and Mobility},
  editor    = {Berndt M\textbackslash{}"uller},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Computing},
  volume    = {7},
  pages     = {68--81},
  year      = {2012},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2398-7340},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/f89j}}
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