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Theory of Modeling and Simulation, 2nd Edition, Academic Press

Theory of Modeling and Simulation, 2nd Edition

By Bernard P. Zeigler, Herbert Praehofer, Tag Gon Kim

Synopsis: Although twenty-five years have passed since the first edition of this classical text, the world has seen many advances in modeling and simulation, the need for a widely accepted framework and theoretical foundation is even more necessary today. Methods of modeling and simulation are fragmented across disciplines making it difficult to re-use ideas from other disciplines and work collaboratively in multi disciplinary teams. Model building and simulation has been made easier and faster by riding piggyback on advances in software and hardware. However, difficult and fundamental issues such as model credibility and interoperation have received less attention. These issues are now front and center under the impetus of the High Level Architecture (HLA) standard mandated by the U.S. DoD for all contractors and agencies.

This book concentrates on integrating the continuous and discrete paradigms for modeling and simulation. A second major theme is that of distributed simulation and its potential to support the co-existence of multiple formalisms in multiple model components. Prominent throughout are the fundamental concepts of modular and hierarchical model composition. These key ideas underlie a sound methodology for construction of complex system models.

This edition presents a rigorous mathematical foundation for modeling and simulation. Also, it now provides a comprehensive framework for integrating the various simulation approaches employed in practice. Including such popular modeling methods as cellular automata, chaotic systems, hierarchical block diagrams, and Petri Nets. A unifying concept, called the DEVS Bus, enables models, as expressed in their native formalisms, to be transparently mapped into the Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS). The book shows how to construct computationally efficient, object-oriented simulations of DEVS models on parallel and distributed environments. If you are doing integrative simulations, whether or not they are HLA compliant, this is the only book available to provide the foundation to understand, simplify and successfully accomplish your task.

Key Feature

Provides a comprehensive framework for continuous and discrete event modeling and simulation
Explores the mathematical foundation of simulation modeling
Discusses system morphisms for model abstraction and simplification
Presents a new approach to discrete event simulation of continuous processes
Includes parallel and distributed simulation of discrete event models
Presentation of a concept to achieve simulator interoperability in the form of the DEVS-Bus
Complete coverage necessary for compliance with High Level Architecture (HLA) standards