We investigate the feasibility, and the potential advantages and pitfalls of using modeling languages such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML), and the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) to prepare models for discrete event simulation of supply chain logistics. The advantages of using these languages in simulations include (1) their pervasive use in industry, (2) the ability to re-purpose existing modeling artifacts to provide high-resolution simulations, and (3) the possibility of a future where these models are executed in operational settings and are evolved through round-trip engineering. We describe an investigation integrating the modeling languages and models with a simulation engine. We evaluate the resulting tool in simulations of supply chain logistics scenarios.
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -
NIST Pub Series: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs
supply chain, discrete event simulation, business process modeling