Survey and Comparison of Modelling Software – CORA Standing Offer Task 109

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Authors
  1. Unrau, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
Abstract
Commercial-off-the-shelf modelling software packages were investigated to support the Air Force Structure Analysis Mark III modelling environment development. An initial industry survey produced a short list of five relevant software packages. These packages were Flexsim Software’s Flexsim, MathWorks’ SimEvents, XJ Technologies’ AnyLogic, Rockwell Automation’s Arena and ProModel Corporation’s ProModel. Further evaluation of these five packages led to the recommendation that AnyLogic is the most flexible package that will support the Air Force structure modelling requirement, due to its ability to combine system dynamics simulation, discrete event simulation and agent-based simulation in the same model, and its extensibility through native use of Java. A hybrid approach was also suggested, in which Mathworks’ SimEvents is used for exploratory modelling and model requirements definition, then followed up with the use of AnyLogic for enterprise scale model development.

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Keywords
agent-based;Air Force Structure Analysis;AnyLogic;Arena;ASTRA;discrete event;Flexsim;Force Structure;modelling;ProModel;SimEvents;simulation;system dynamics
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2012-066 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2012
Number of Pages
52
DSTKIM No
CA043130
CANDIS No
804418
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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