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Mata-Toledo, Ramon A. Department of Computer Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
- Dynamic properties
- Application to parallel computation
- Additional Reading
In many fields, such as physics or astronomy, where there are phenomena or systems that cannot be studied or observed directly, it is necessary to use models. The models, generally mathematical representations of the phenomena or systems, are intended to capture essential properties that are relevant for the study of the structure and dynamic behavior of the modeled system. The information that is obtained from the model can then be used to evaluate the accuracy of the model or to adjust the model. A Petri net is an abstract formal model of information flow. The major use of Petri nets has been as a graphical language for modeling systems with interacting concurrent components. Most of the models implemented with Petri nets consist of independent components that may interact with each other in synchronized manner or may carry out their activities simultaneously (concurrently) with other components of the system. The nets developed from the doctoral dissertation of Carl Adam Petri, Kommunikation mit Automaten (Communication with Automata), at the University of Bonn during the early 1960s.
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