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TOPNET: A Tool for the Visual Simulation of Communication Networks.

Ajmone Marsan, M.; Balbo, Gianfranco; Bruno, Giorgio; Neri, Fabio

In: IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 8, No. 9, pages 1735-1747. December 1990.

Abstract: TOPNET is a software package for the simulation of communication networks that is being developed with the aim of exploiting as much as possible the visual aspects of a simulation experiment. The communication network topology and architecture are described by drawings, the system dynamics are represented with a class of timed Petri nets, and results are graphically displayed on the screen. The main characteristics of the user interface and the internal architecture of TOPNET are described.

Keywords: TOPNET; communication network (visual) simulation tool; timed net; user interface.

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