XSB: Extending Prolog with tabled logic programming
Terrance Swift (Univ. Nova de Lisboa)
David S. Warren (SUNY, Stony Brook)
The paradigm of Tabled Logic Programming (TLP) is now supported by a number of Prolog systems, including XSB, YAP Prolog, B-Prolog, Mercury, ALS, and Ciao. The reasons for this are partly theoretical: tabling ensures termination and optimal known complexity for queries to a large class of programs. However the overriding reasons are practical. TLP allows sophisticated programs to be written concisely and efficiently, especially when mechanisms such as tabled negation and call and answer subsumption are supported. As a result TLP has now been used in a variety of applications from program analysis to querying over the semantic web. This paper provides a survey of TLP and its applications as implemented in XSB Prolog, along with discussion of how XSB supports tabling with dynamically changing code, and in a multi-threaded environment.