The application of simulation techniques to information systems analysis

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This paper describes the application of a computer simulation model as a tool to aid in the analysis and design of an information system. Unique to the study is the adaptation of an existing production control simulation model for the purpose of analyzing flows in a hierarchical computer network. The existing simulation model and its method of adaptation are presented. The results of the simulation analysis are utilized by a newly developed file allocation algorithm in the design of a hierarchical information system. The study was performed under close cooperation with several steel manufacturers and initiated under NSF grant ATA 73-07822 AO1. © 1982.

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Computers and Industrial Engineering