superseded by a more recent version

Heterogeneous Concurrent Modeling and Design in Java

(Volume 2: Ptolemy II Software Architecture)

(Volume 1: Introduction to Ptolemy II)

(Volume 3: Ptolemy II Domains)

C. Brooks, E. A. Lee, X. Liu, S. Neuendorffer, Y. Zhao, H. Zheng (eds.)

Memorandum UCB/ERL M04/16,
EECS, University of California, Berkeley, CA USA 94720
June 24, 2004

Volume 2: Ptolemy II Software Architecture: [PDF] (2.5 Mb PDF File)

Note that some chapters are available separately on the Concurrency workgroup Ptolemy II Documentation Page


This volume describes the software architecture of Ptolemy II. The first chapter covers the kernel package, which provides a set of Java classes supporting clustered graph topologies for models. Cluster graphs provide a very general abstract syntax for component-based modeling, without assuming or imposing any semantics on the models. The actor package begins to add semantics by providing basic infrastructure for data transport between components. The data package provides classes to encapsulate the data that is transported. It also provides an extensible type system and an interpreted expression language. The graph package provides graph-theoretic algorithms that are used in the type system and by schedulers in the individual domains. The plot package provides a visual data plotting utility that is used in many of the applets and applications. Vergil is the graphical front end to Ptolemy II and Vergil itself uses Ptolemy II to describe its own configuration.

Volume 1 gives an introduction to Ptolemy II, including tutorials on the use of the software, and volume 3 describes the domains, each of which implements a model of computation.