Incompleteness in semantics and parallel-or

I remember seeing a link on LtU to some lecture notes explaining that in (denotational?) semantics of simple imperative programming languages, the semantics would have a serious hole if parallel-or was not included; the strong-exists operator made things even better.
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I tried locating the post

But came up empty handed. Has this been something within the last six months?

some links

I don't know of the discussion you're referring to, but I mentioned on LtU a while back a somewhat related point made by Will Clinger on comp.lang.scheme ("Full abstraction is not very abstract"), and then here are several papers on this topic:

Full A vs. full C.

Good call. Just a point to bear in mind; Will Clinger is being polemical in that post (the ongoing war against the nonsesnse of Bill Richter), and the quote you make is misleading out of context: the essence of full abstraction is that you give a non-operational semantics; a denotational semantics that in any way is derived from an operational semantics, it will be fully complete but not fully abstract.

FWIW, my doctor-daddy was one of the five co-discoverers of the first fully abstract models of PCF, and my doctor-grandpa was one of the others.

Three skeleton references:
[1] Hyland-Ong game semantics
[2] Abramsky-Malacaria-Jagadeesan semantics
[3] Levy's idea of subsumptive semantics, which I think nails the real problem people have with modern approaches to full abstraction.

I'll flesh out those skeletons when I have more time.

- Charles


While none of those references were exactly those I remember, full abstraction were definitely the keywords I had forgotten. Using those, I again found

But in the end, I did eventually find the notes I was looking for, and they were
Full abstraction and universality.