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ALPiNe: A Hardware Computing Platform for High-Level Petri Nets.

Bulach, S.; Baur, H.; Pfleiderer, H.-J.; Kucerovsky, Z.

In: CPN, Aarhus, Denmark, 10-12 June 1998 / Jensen, K.: Daimi PB-532: Workshop on Practical Use of Coloured Petri Nets and Design, pages 31-46. Aarhus University, 1998.

Abstract: A motivation for the design of a novel hardware platform for processing algorithms based on High-Level Petri Nets is presented. ALPiNe (Asynchronous High-Level Petri Net) processor is aimed at embedded discrete-event control applications and is characterized by its natural incorporation of external stimuli into the computation flow. The processor consists of two layers of hardware: one for determining when and which computations will take place, and another for effectively performing the actual computations. A hybrid architecture and hardware organization are described in detail. The process of software development is presented, augmented with an illustrative example. In conclusion, comments on advantages and possible future implementations are made.

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