Stochastic Petri net
A stochastic Petri net is a five-tuple SPN = (P, T, F, M0, Λ ) where:
- P is a set of states, called places.
- T is a set of transitions.
- F where F ⊂ (P × T ) ∪ (T × P ) is a set of flow relations called "arcs" between places and transitions (and between transitions and places).
- M0 is the initial marking.
- Λ = is the array of firing rates λ associated with the transitions. The firing rate, a random variable, can also be a function λ(M) of the current marking.
Correspondence to Markov process
The reachability graph of stochastic Petri nets can be mapped directly to a Markov process. It satisfies the Markov property, since its states depend only on the current marking. Each state in the reachability graph is mapped to a state in the Markov process, and the firing of a transition with firing rate λ corresponds to a Markov state transition with probability λ.