Introduction to the monograph by Burlakov M.V.
"ќсновы технологии автоматизации управлени€
дискретными технологическими и информационными процессами"

(Basics of technology of discrete technological and information processes control automation)"

This monograph is devoted to the basics of a new science-intensive information technology of automation of control of discrete technological and information processes (IT AC DTIP). It was written by Burlakov Michael Viktorovich, the founder of this technology, a leading expert in the field of numerical optimization of discrete information processes, Doctor of Engineering, professor of the department of computer systems and networks of Gorlovka Regional Institute of Open International University of Human Development "Ukraine".

A natural question may arise in the reader: what for this technology is needed and whether it is urgent now?

The fact is that discrete processes are ubiquitous in various fields of human activities (manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, digital communications, services, etc.). And almost every such process is accompanied by a problem of efficiency of their control. The more complex is a discrete process, the more difficulties arises in the development for it of an mathematical optimization model and its subsequent software realization. This often needs a lot of money and time to hire professional analysts, mathematicians and programmers. That is why the usual practice is to develop a simplified (heuristic) strategy for controlling a specific process, which is usually not the best (optimal).

Thus, the problem of effective control of discrete processes for various purposes appears now very topical. In general, it can be successfully solved only through the creation and implementation to life of an appropriate information technology, based on a uniform scientific methodology and common techniques. This will allow to prepare specialists for practical solution of tasks of effective controlling these processes in different applied areas. The basics of such technology is the subject of this book.

The monograph consists of three parts, eight chapters, a list of notational conventions and bibliography. The attached to book CD-ROM includes seven sets of files of programs on the subject of IT AC DTIP.

The first part "System basics of technology" includes two chapters: 

The second part "Mathematical basics of technology" includes four chapters: 

The third part "Program basics of technology" includes two chapters:

At the end of each chapter of the book is given a detailed list of questions for self-check, which enables you to control the degree of mastering the material. 

On the attached CD-ROM are placed software tools that are designed both to use in educational process when prepating specialists on IT AC DTIP and to solve by the reader its relatively simple tasks of efficient control of discrete processes occurring in the following applied areas: a) network planning; b) investments; c) transportation; d) carriage of a passenger by public transport; e) expenses.

The monograph is designed for a wide range of people interested in the problems of effective control of discrete processes for different purposes. It can be used in the following three ways: