NUMERICAL INTEGRATION OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS VIA WAVEFORM RELAXATION TECHNIQUES; IMPLEMENTATION AND TESTING.
AuthorGuarini, Marcello W.
KeywordsDynamics -- Mathematical models -- Data processing.
Integrated circuits -- Large scale integration.
Integrated circuits -- Large scale integration -- Data processing.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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Degree ProgramGraduate College
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree GrantorUniversity of Arizona
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