A compact abstraction of manufacturing nodes in a supply network

Brett M. Duarte, John Fowler, Kraig Knutson, Esma Gel, Dan Shunk

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


This paper presents the abstraction process to support a modular approach for simulating semiconductor supply networks by modelling each node in the network as a 'Functional Block'. In particular, a functional block to represent wafer fabrication facilities is developed, which strikes a suitable balance between a high level abstraction and modelling the detailed complexities of a manufacturing facility. We demonstrate that the model is able to produce performance estimates (average Cycle Time (CT) and Throughput (TH)) that resemble the behaviour of real-life systems and are accurate with respect to comparisons with a detailed Discrete Event Simulation (DES) model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-126
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007


  • DES
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Fast and accurate simulations
  • Markov chain
  • Parameterisation
  • Supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'A compact abstraction of manufacturing nodes in a supply network'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this