In: Performance Evaluation, Vol. 24, No. 1-2, pages 47-68. 1995.
Abstract: This paper describes the GreatSPN 1.7 package for the modeling, validation, and performance evaluation of distributed systems using Generalized Stochastic Petri Nets and their colored extension. The tool provides a friendly framework to experiment with timed Petri net based modeling techniques. It implements efficient analysis algorithms to allow its use on ''real'' applications, not only toy examples. Developed in a university for non-profit purposes, it is distributed free of charge to other universities for educational and research purposes. An overview of the complete architecture of the package is given together with examples of its application. Then the various analysis and simulation modules are described.
Keywords: GreatSPN 1.7, Markov processes, software tools, stochastic Petri nets, timed Petri nets.
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