Ackermann Encodings, Bisimulations, and OBDDs

Abstract

We propose an alternative way to represent graphs via OBDDs based on the observation that a partition of the graph nodes allows sharing among the employed OBDDs. In the second part of the paper we present a method to compute at the same time the quotient w.r.t. the maximum bisimulation and the OBDD representation of a given graph. The proposed computation is based on an OBDD-rewriting of the notion of Ackermann encoding of hereditarily finite sets into natural numbers.