Central Buffer Node

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A Central Buffer Node is an object node for managing flows from multiple sources and destinations, represented in an Activity diagram. It acts as a buffer for multiple in-flows and out-flows from other object nodes, but does not connect directly to Actions.

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OMG UML Specification

The OMG UML specification (UML Superstructure Specification, v2.1.1, pp. 350-351) states:

"A central buffer node gives additional support for queuing and competition between flowing objects .... A central buffer node accepts tokens from upstream object nodes and passes them along to downstream object nodes."