May 26, 2018

Tool for creating and analysing Petri nets

Petri nets are a popular graphical way of modeling concurrent systems such as communications protocols, multiprocessor computers etc. With Petri nets it is possible to assess the correctness of systems for example by verifying that the system cannot deadlock, that there cannot be any buffer overflows etc.

PIPEs main aim is to improve on existing tools available for modeling Petri Nets. A key design feature is the modular approach adopted for analysis, enabling new modules to written easily and powerfully, using built-in data layer methods for standard calculations. Eight analysis modules have been written so far including Invariant Analysis, State-Space Analysis deadlock, etc, Simulation Analysis & Classification. PIPE adheres to the latest XML Petri net standard PNML. File format for saving and loading Petri-Nets is also extensible through the use of XSLT, the default being PNML.

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