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Computer System for the Animation of Process Models

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115927D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bernhardt, TJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for the animation of process models in a computer system comprising novel methods for the animation of sub-processes, the possibility of authentic prototyping and an interpreter for graphical design languages.

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Computer System for the Animation of Process Models

      Disclosed is a method and system for the animation of process
models in a computer system comprising novel methods for the
animation of sub-processes, the possibility of authentic prototyping
and an interpreter for graphical design languages.

      The modelling of real-time systems today is usually performed
using the WARD/MELLOR method offering the possibility of modelling
the static behavior and also the dynamic behavior of the real-time
system.  Therefore, the internal behavior of the real-time system can
be examined prior of an implementation of the system: The system can
be animated.  The animation of sub-processes have specific problems.
For example, within the WARD/MELLOR syntax a sub-system communicates
with other data processes as sub-systems and has to be activated or
deactivated by a control-process.  Therefore, the animation of
sub-processes can not be derived trivially from the animation of the
total system.  The solution allowing the animation of sub-processes
is to induce the animator to modify the model temporarily by:
  1.  making an appropriate topological transformation in order to
       achieve a similar topology as known from the WARD/MELLOR
method,
       and
  2.  making a simple symbol transformation creating an external
       control-unit in order to create a context diagram as known
from
       the WARD/MELLOR method.

      The WARD/MELLOR method has to be extended for the construct of
this external control-unit.

      Prototyping of a software product is usually performed by the
implementation and coding of a prototype software that can be tested
and modified but which will not be used as part of the resulting
software produ...