Product Flow Analysis in Distribution Networks With a Fixed Time Horizon

Wynn, Moe T., Fidge, Colin J., ter Hofstede, Arthur H.M., & Dumas, Marlon (2008) Product Flow Analysis in Distribution Networks With a Fixed Time Horizon. In The Thirty-First Australasian Computer Science Conference, 22nd to 25th January, 2008, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.


The movement of items through a product distribution network is a complex dynamic process which depends not only on the network's static topology but also on a knowledge of how each node stores, handles and forwards items. Analysing this time-dependent behaviour would normally require a simulation algorithm which maintains a globally-synchronised system state. For a certain class of problem, however, where the simulation is required to stop in a consistent state but not necessarily maintain consistency at all times, we show that an algorithm that makes localised decisions only is sufficient. As a motivating example we consider the practical problem of product recalls, in which our primary concern is the state of the distribution network at a specific time after a batch of suspect items was released, but we do not necessarily care about intermediate states leading up to the final one.

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ID Code: 10405
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Network analysis, Product distribution
ISBN: 9781920682552
ISSN: 1445-1336
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Simulation and Modelling (080110)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australian Computer Society
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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