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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Modeling and Simulation
- Hardware and Architecture