vpf:glossary

Glossary

This web site uses several technical terms that can easily be confused. Here we try to clarify some of them. If you see anything missing, let us know!

Model A mathematical or logical representation of an entity, phenomenon or process, or system of such. Often, a model is formulated as a set of differential equations, but many other modelling techniques exist.
Solver A program, or more generally an algorithm, that solves the model equations. For differential equations, this is an integration algorithm.
Simulation The act of using a solver to compute how one or more models behave under specified conditions.
Modelling tool Software that can be used to create a model. Most modelling tools include a solver, so that they become modelling and simulation tools.
Simulation tool Software that can be used to perform a simulation.
  • vpf/glossary.txt
  • Last modified: 2017-02-12 20:24
  • by lars