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Modeling and simulation with stochastic Petri nets.

Haas, Peter J.

In: Proc. Winter Simulation Conference, pages 101-112. December 2004. Invited tutorial paper.

Abstract: Stochastic Petri nets (SPNs) have proven to be a powerful and enduring graphically-oriented framework for modelling and performance analysis of complex systems. This tutorial focuses on the use of SPNs in discrete-event simulation. After describing the basic SPN building blocks and discussing the modelling power of the formalism, we present elements of a steady-state simulation theory for SPNs. Specifically, we provide conditions on the SPN building blocks that ensure long-run stability for the underlying marking process (or for a sequence of delays determined by the marking process) and the validity of estimation procedures such as the regenerative method, the method of batch means, and spectral methods.

Keywords: simulation; stability; stochastic Petri nets; modeling power.

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