Abstract Simulation Engine

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The Abstract Simulation Engine is an abstraction layer (in the form of an Eclipse plug-in) for discrete-event simulation libraries, such as Desmo-J or SSJ. It is employed by SimuCom and EventSim to attain independence of simulation libraries. But its use is not limited to simulators in the area of Palladio.

This article provides a brief overview of the Abstract Simulation Engine and how it is used within the Palladio toolchain.

Overview of Functioning

The Abstract Simulation Engine is mainly targeted to decouple a discrete-event simulator from its simulation engine. For this purpose, the Abstract Simulation Engine defines a number of concepts common to simulation modelling. These concepts include, for example, an implementation for simulated processes and for events as well as an event scheduler along with a simulation clock.

In simulator development, these abstract concepts are used in place of explicit references to a specific simulation engine like SSJ or Desmo-J. At simulation runtime, the simulator (or more precisely, the Abstract Simulation Engine) has to be bound to a concrete simulation library implementing the abstract concepts. Therefore, at runtime a mapping has to be available between the abstract concepts on the one hand, and at least one concrete simulation engine on the other hand. As this binding is deferred to simulation runtime, the choice of the simulation engine to be used is left to the person that actually conducts a simulation run.

Available Simulation Libraries

Currently, the Abstract Simulation Engine can be used in conjunction with Desmo-J and SSJ.

Desmo-J Simulation Engine

SSJ Simulation Engine

Usage in the Palladio Toolchain

Both, SimuCom and EventSim rely on the the Abstract Simulation Engine. The selection of the concrete simulation engine to be used for simulation runs is described below.

Selecting the Preferred Simulation Engine

If there is more than one simulation engine installed, the preferred simulation engine can be selected using the "Palladio" preference page. In the Palladio Workbench (or Eclipse, respectively) select "Window" -> "Preferences" -> "Simulation" and make your choice.