Distributed simulation: An enabling technology for the evaluation of virtual enterprises

Jayendran Venkateswaran, Mohammed Yaseen Kalachikan Jafferali, Young Jun Son

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This paper presents an application distributed simulation to the evaluation of virtual enterprises. Each company or candidate can use a simulation of its facilities to determine if it has the capability to perform its individual function in the virtual enterprise. Then, these simulations can be integrated into a distributed simulation of the complete enterprise, and used to predict the viability and profitability of the proposed product collaboration. In this paper, a prototype distributed simulation for such a purpose is presented. First, information flows as well as material flows among members in a virtual enterprise are identified using IDEFØ, a formal function modeling method. Sequences of the identified functions are then presented using the finite state automata formalism. These interactions are then implemented for a commercial simulation package. Finally, a distributed simulation composed of three individual simulations is successfully tested across platforms over both the internet and the local area network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-862
Number of pages7
JournalWinter Simulation Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
EventProceedings of the 2001 Winter Simulation Conference - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Dec 9 2001Dec 12 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Applied Mathematics


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