Discrete modeling in a miniprocessor environment : a feasibility study



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The feasibility of supporting a general-purpose discrete modeling capability in a miniprocessor environment is investigated. The specific modeling capability chosen, the system-state model, is represented by three languages which provide structural, supplementary, and interactive control specifications. These languages are designed for interactive use on a minicomputer by unsophisticated users for both tutorial and full-fledged system studies. A hypothetical minicomputer design is specified to serve as a medium of implementation for the computational form of the system-state model. The hypothetical computer implementation is realized by transferring the programmed routines and matrix data base to a target computer via a translation process which transforms the code for the hypothetical computer to the equivalent code for the target computer. Realization of the modeling capability is demonstrated.