A multi-formalism architecture for agent-based, order-centric supply chain simulation

Dean C. Chatfield, Jack C. Hayya, Terry P. Harrison

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Agent-based simulation models can effectively represent decentralized systems. However, many supply-chains are order-driven, and agent modeling cannot effectively represent the order life-cycle. We present a conceptual architecture that combines simulation formalisms, allowing an agent representation of the supply-chain infrastructure while enabling a process-oriented approach to representing orders. This architecture allows for a natural, realistic representation of different supply-chain constructs and subsystems while following a consistent overall viewpoint. Our approach provides for excellent representation of supply-chain operations, allows for very detailed operational data to be gathered, and provides efficient representation of concurrent supply-chain activities in a manner that avoids preemption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-174
Number of pages22
JournalSimulation Modelling Practice and Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Hardware and Architecture


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