Symmetric Communication between Coloured Petri Net Simulations and Java-Processes

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Abstract

In order to widen the applicability of Coloured Petri Nets for the specification and design of large scale distributed applications, a framework has been developed that supports the interaction of Design/CPN and Java processes. The underlying architecture can be used for other tools. Thereby a seamless embedding of the two worlds of Petri nets and object-oriented programming is achieved, allowing problem oriented modelling at different abstraction levels in a fully distributed environment. The general possibilities to connect Coloured Petri Net simulations with remote processes are discussed and a specific implementation of the required framework is sketched. Promising application areas are named and for some of them concrete example models are provided.