A Dynamic Continuation-Passing Style for Dynamic Delimited Continuations

Dariusz Biernacki, Olivier Danvy, Kevin Millikin


We put a pre-existing definitional abstract machine for dynamic delimited continuations in defunctionalized form, and we present the consequences of this adjustment.

We first prove the correctness of the adjusted abstract machine. Because it is in defunctionalized form, we can refunctionalize it into a higher-order evaluation function. This evaluation function, which is compositional, is in continuation+state passing style and threads a trail of delimited continuations and a meta-continuation. Since this style accounts for dynamic delimited continuations, we refer to it as `dynamic continuation-passing style' and we present the corresponding dynamic CPS transformation. We show that the notion of computation induced by dynamic CPS takes the form of a continuation monad with a recursive answer type and we present a new simulation of dynamic delimited continuations in terms of static ones as well as new applications of dynamic delimited continuations.

The significance of the present work is that the computational artifacts surrounding dynamic CPS are not independent designs: they are mechanical consequences of having put the definitional abstract machine in defunctionalized form.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/brics.v13i15.21920
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