On compressing interchange classes of events in a concurrent system Conference Paper uri icon


  • 2003 IEEE. The use of strings is standard in modeling the temporal ordering of events in a sequence computation. A recent prize-winning paper in the computer architecture literature applies a grammar-based lossless data compression algorithm to the sequence of events that transpire while a computer program runs and utilizes the resulting grammar to better understand the program's dynamic behavior and improve its performance. Lossless data compression is most suitable for this purpose then there is a well-defined total ordering of event occurrences. In concurrent systems, i.e., systems involving multiple processes, there is a partial ordering of events. Trace theory employs congruence or interchange classes of words over partially commutative alphabets as a way to generalize strings to executions of concurrent processes. Universal compression schemes for a rate distortion problem in which the goal is to reproduce a string, which is equivalent to the original string are considered, and it is shown that for a large collection of dependence alphabets, interchange entropy, i.e., the rate distortion limit can be attained asymptotically.

name of conference

  • Data Compression Conference, 2003. Proceedings. DCC 2003

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Savari, S. A.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Savari, SA

publication date

  • January 2003