An XML-centred approach to creating object-oriented supply chain simulation models

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

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We propose an eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-centred approach to object-oriented simulation modelling of supply chains. Our approach is fundamentally different from previous work in that it uses XML to describe the supply chain itself, as opposed to using XML to store the simulation model. We define a system that includes an XML-based markup language and a ‘simulator’ that contains a library of fundamental supply chain simulation classes and a simulation ‘model mapper’. The simulator processes the supply chain description document and generates an object-oriented simulation model using the class library. We detail working reference implementations of the markup language (Supply Chain Modelling Language (SCML)) and the simulator (Simulator for Integrated Supply Chain Operations (SISCO)).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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