Observations of a Lateral Entrant

  • Einar Smith


The author describes meeting Carl Adam Petri, he comments on the competitors that Petri nets faced in the modelling of distributed systems, and he reviews some of Petri’s fundamental and seminal ideas on the world of non-sequential processes and distributed systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Einar Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI)Sankt AugustinGermany

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