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Formal Semantics and Implementation of BPMN 2.0 Inclusive Gateways

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Executive Summary

The authors present the first direct formalization of the semantics of inclusive gateways as described in the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) 2.0 Beta 1 specification. The formal semantics is given for a minimal subset of BPMN 2.0 containing just the inclusive and exclusive gateways and the start and stop events. By focusing on this subset they achieve a simple graph model that highlights the particular non-local features of the inclusive gateway semantics. They sketch two ways of implementing the semantics using algorithms based on incrementally updated data structures and also discuss distributed communication-based implementations of the two algorithms.

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