Computer aided multi-paradigm modelling to process petri-nets and statecharts
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Lecture notes in computer science
, p. 239-253
This paper proposes a Multi-Paradigm approach to the modelling of complex systems. The approach consists of the combination of meta-modelling, multi-formalism modelling, and modelling at multiple levels of abstraction. We implement these concepts in AToM3, A Tool for Multi-formalism, Meta-Modelling. In AToM3, modelling formalisms are modelled in their own right at a meta-level within an appropriate formalism. AToM3 uses the information found in the meta-models to automatically generate tools to process (create, edit, check, optimize, transform and generate simulators for) the models in the described formalism. Model processing is described at a meta-level by means of models in the graph grammar formalism. As an example, meta-models for both syntax and semantics of Statecharts (without hierarchy) and Petri-Nets are presented. This includes a graph grammar modelling the transformation between Statecharts and Petri-Nets.