A Complete Equational Axiomatization for MPA with String Iteration

Luca Aceto
Jan Friso Groote

May 1995


We study equational axiomatizations of bisimulation equivalence for the language obtained by extending Milner's basic CCS with string iteration. String iteration is a variation on the original binary version of the Kleene star operation tex2html_wrap_inline20 obtained by restricting the first argument to be a non-empty sequence of atomic actions. We show that, for every positive integer k, bisimulation equivalence over the set of processes in this language with loops of length at most k is finitely axiomatizable. We also offer a countably infinite equational theory that completely axiomatizes bisimulation equivalence over the whole language. We prove that this result cannot be improved upon by showing that no finite equational axiomatization of bisimulation equivalence over basic CCS with string iteration can exist, unless the set of actions is empty.

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