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Adelinde M Uhrmacher (2001)

Dynamic Structures in Modeling and Simulation - A Reflective Approach

ACM Transactions on Modeling and Simulation, Vol.11. No.2:206-232.

As the number of flexible, adaptable systems grows so does the need for specification and analysis tools that support adaptable system structures. The increasing number of simulation tools that equip models with the capability of changing their behavior patterns, composition, and interactions raises the desire for a theoretical and methodological approach. A formalism is introduced based on DEVS which emphasizes the reflective nature of variable structure models. The proposed formalism and DEVS are shown to be bisimilar, which emphasizes the role of variable structure models as an agency of modularization. The formalism is used to reveal general problems and solutions in implementing variable structure models.

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