Modelling and Simulation: Exploring Dynamic System Behaviour / Edition 1

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This book provides the reader with a balanced and integrated presentation of the modelling and simulation activity for both Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (DEDS) and Continuous Time Dynamic Systems (CYDS). Within the context of foundation material, the authors establish a clear distinction between the activity of modelling and that of simulation, and carefully maintain this distinction throughout. A novel project-oriented approach for developing the modelling and simulation methodology is given, thereby providing a solid basis for demonstrating the dependency of model structure and granularity on project goals. Comprehensive presentation of the verification and validation activities within the modelling and simulation context is also shown. This book is oriented to students taking a first course in modelling and simulation at either senior undergraduate and junior graduate levels. A CD is included containing OpenDesire and GPSS software.

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"An approachable, general, yet nontrivial introduction to the broad field of modeling and simulation. … Birta and Arbez have created a well-rounded, general introduction to a very difficult field to enter. The text fills a clear gap in the resources available for introducing this field. The holistic, neutral treatment of a wide variety of topics provides an alternative to the typical modeling and simulation survey course. … Appropriate for an upper-division undergraduate course leading to a concentration in modeling and simulation. It would be equally well suited as a first course in modeling and simulation at the graduate level. … The authors have succeeded in creating a broad, balanced perspective of the modeling and simulation discipline. Readers will gain a refreshingly unified understanding of how simulation springs from conceptual models and context."(Thom Mclean, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846286216
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Edition description: 1st Edition.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 471
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis G. Birta is Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa School of Information Technology and Engineering, and Co-Associate Director of the McLeod Institute of Simulation Sciences.

Gilbert Arbez is a Teaching Associate in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamentals


The Modelling and Simulation Process

Part II: DEDS Modelling and Simulation

DEDS Stochastic Behaviour and Modelling

A Conceptual Modelling Framework for DEDS

DEDS Simulation Model Development

The Activity-Object World View for DEDS

Experimentation and Output Analysis

Part III: CTDS Modelling and Simulation

Modelling of Continuous Time Dynamic Systems

Simulation with CTDS Models


Probability Primer

GPSS Primer


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