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Cox and phase-type distributions in stochastic Petri nets -- efficient derivation of solutions.

Haddad, S.; Moreaux, P.; Chiola, G.

In: RAIRO Recherche Operationnelle - Operations Research, Vol. 32, No. 3, pages 289-323. 1998.

Abstract: We study the introduction of transitions with Coxian or phase-type distribution firing time in Generalized Stochastic Petri nets (GSPNs). Such transitions produce large increases of both space mid time complexity for the computation of the steady state probabilities of the underlying Markov chain. We propose a new approach to limit this phenomenon while keeping full stochastic semantics of previous works. The method is based on a structural decomposition of the net. We establish conditions under which this decomposition leads to a tensor expression of the generator of the chain. The tensor expression is used to solve the chain with an iterative method.

Keywords: Coxian distributions, Markov chains, phase-type distributions, stochastic Petri nets, tensor algebra.

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