Theory of Modeling and Simulation

Theory of Modeling and Simulation

Discrete Event & Iterative System Computational Foundations

3rd Edition - August 14, 2018
  • Authors: Bernard P. Zeigler, Alexandre Muzy, Ernesto Kofman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128133705
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128134078

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Theory of Modeling and Simulation: Discrete Event & Iterative System Computational Foundations, Third Edition, continues the legacy of this authoritative and complete theoretical work. It is ideal for graduate and PhD students and working engineers interested in posing and solving problems using the tools of logico-mathematical modeling and computer simulation. Continuing its emphasis on the integration of discrete event and continuous modeling approaches, the work focuses light on DEVS and its potential to support the co-existence and interoperation of multiple formalisms in model components. New sections in this updated edition include discussions on important new extensions to theory, including chapter-length coverage of iterative system specification and DEVS and their fundamental importance, closure under coupling for iteratively specified systems, existence, uniqueness, non-deterministic conditions, and temporal progressiveness (legitimacy).

Key Features

  • Presents a 40% revised and expanded new edition of this classic book with many important post-2000 extensions to core theory
  • Provides a streamlined introduction to Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS) formalism for modeling and simulation
  • Packages all the "need-to-know" information on DEVS formalism in one place
  • Expanded to include an online ancillary package, including numerous examples of theory and implementation in DEVS-based software, student solutions and instructors manual


Undergraduate students and graduate students, especially PhD students, researchers, and all workers in computational-based fields benefiting from modeling and simulation, both traditional and non-traditional

Table of Contents

  • Part I Basics: Modeling Formalisms and Simulation Algorithms
    1. Introduction to Systems Modeling Concepts
    2. Framework for Modeling and Simulation
    3. Modeling Formalisms and Their Simulators
    4. Introduction to DEVS
    5. Hierarchy of System Specifications
    6. Basic Formalisms: DEVS, DESS, DTSS
    7. Basic Formalisms: Coupled MultiComponent Systems
    8. Simulators for Basic Formalisms
    9. Multi-Formalism Modeling and Simulation
    Part II Iterative System Specification
    10. Introduction to Iterative System Specification
    11. Basic Iterative System Specification
    12. Iterative Specification Subformalisms
    13. Finite and Timed Iterative Specifications
    Part III System Morphisms: Abstraction, Representation, Approximation
    14. Parallel and Distributed Discrete Event Simulation
    15. Abstraction: Constructing Model Families
    16. Verification, Validation, Approximate Morphisms
    17. DEVS and DEVS-like Systems
    18. Quantization-Based Simulation
    19. DEVS Representation of Iteratively Specified Systems
    Part IV Enhanced DEVS Formalisms
    20. DEVS Markov Modeling and Simulation
    21. DEVS Markov Model Lumping
    22. Spiking Neuron Modeling- Iterative Specification
    23. Open Research Problems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 692
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: August 14, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128133705
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128134078

About the Authors

Bernard P. Zeigler

Bernard P. Zeigler, is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona and co-director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Modeling and Simulation. He is the author of numerous books and publications, a Fellow of the IEEE, and of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International.

Zeigler is currently heading a project for the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) where he is leading the design of the future architecture for large distributed simulation events for the Joint Distributed Engineering Plant (JDEP). He is also developing DEVS-methodology approaches for testing mission thread end-to-end interoperability and combat effectiveness of Defense Department acquisitions and transitions to the Global Information Grid with its Service Oriented Architecture (GIG/SOA).

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Alexandre Muzy

Alexandre MUZY is research fellow at CNRS, France, where he is in charge of the research group Modélisation, Simulation & Neurocognition (MS&N) at I3S laboratory in Sophia Antipolis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universite Cote d'Azur, CNRS, I3S, France

Ernesto Kofman

Ernesto Kofman is a Professor at the Control Department at the Faculty of Exact Sciences, Engineering and Surveying of the National University of Rosario (FCEIA-UNR) and a Research Member of the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) , where he is in charge of the Simulation and Automatic Control Group of the French-Argentine International Center for Information and Systems Sciences (CIFASIS).

Affiliations and Expertise

FCEIA, Universidad Nacional de Rosario - CIFASIS-CONICET, Argentina

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