A REVIEW OF APPROACHES AND TOOLS FOR COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS SIMULATION
Abstract. Collaborative networks (CN) are characterised by being complex systems, highlighting the need of considering simulation approaches to support the resolution of CN models. Simulation approaches are seen as a supporting tool to analyse the formal model of a supply network. Three relevant simulation approaches are identified for its application in the context of CN models: Discrete Events Simulation, System Dynamics and Agent Based Simulation. Each simulation approach is briefly described and compared with each other, according to a group of relevant features, with the main aim of aiding the modellers in the task of selecting the most appropriate simulation approach to address the modelling process in the context of CN. Besides, a group of commercial and academic tools are listed for each simulation approach.
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