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Stochastic Petri Nets: An Elementary Introduction.

Ajmone Marsan, M.

In: Rozenberg, G.: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 424; Advances in Petri Nets 1989, pages 1-29. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag, 1990.

Also in: Fernández, C.; Merceron, A.; Parada, V.; Rozenberg, G.; Solar, M.: Petri Nets, First International Course in Petri Nets, Santiago, Chile, 1993, pages 165-196. Editorial Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 1997.

Abstract: Petri nets in which random firing delays arre associated with transitions whose firing is an atomic operation are known under the name ``stochastic Petri nets''. These models are discussed, with the purpose of explaining why they were prosposed in the performance evaluation field, why random delays with negative exponential probability density functions are mainly used, and what are their strong and weak points. An effort is made to summarize the lines of research that currently being pursued, and to explain what new results would be regarded as breakthroughs and have the most impact on the use of this modeling technique in the application field.

Keywords: stochastic nets (introduction).

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