Timed-event graphs with multipliers and homogeneous min-plus systems

G. Cohen, S. Gaubert, J. P. Quadrat

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

43 Scopus citations


The authors study fluid analogues of a subclass of Petri nets, called fluid timed-event graphs with multipliers, which are a timed extension of weighted T-systems studied in the Petri net literature. These event graphs can be studied naturally, with a new algebra, analogous to the min-plus algebra, but defined on piecewise linear concave increasing functions, endowed with the pointwise minimum as addition and the composition of functions as multiplication. A subclass of dynamical systems in this algebra, which have a property of homogeneity, can be reduced to standard min-plus linear systems after a change of counting units. The authors give a necessary and sufficient condition under which a fluid timed-event graph with multipliers can be reduced to a fluid timed-event graph without multipliers. In the fluid case, this class corresponds to the so-called expansible timed-event graphs with multipliers of Munier, or to conservative weighted T-systems. The change of variable is called here a potential. Its restriction to the transitions nodes of the event graph is a T-semiflow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1296-1302
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Discrete event systems
  • Dynamic programming
  • Max-plus algebra
  • Potentials
  • Timed Petri nets
  • Timed-event graphs
  • Weighted T-systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Timed-event graphs with multipliers and homogeneous min-plus systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this