Let’s unravel the power of discrete-event simulations. To begin this course, you’ll learn to identify problems where discrete-event simulations can be helpful in supporting management and decision-making. You’ll also learn the main components of discrete-event models and how to interpret model outputs. Finally, you’ll build your first “queue” discrete-event model.
Discover the power of the SimPy package to streamline your discrete-event simulations. In chapter 2, you’ll learn how to build a SimPy model environment and how to add processes and resources. You’ll also learn the different types of resources available, as well as options to control and schedule events. To finish this chapter, you’ll build a complete SimPy model for an aircraft assembly line.
Explore the types of processes that you can add to discrete-event models. You’ll learn to distinguish between deterministic and non-deterministic processes and how to represent them in models. You’ll also learn how to randomize events (or processes), which is critical to simulate non-deterministic events. Finally, you’ll build a SimPy model combining both deterministic and non-deterministic processes.
You’ll learn optimization methods to maximize the impact of your discrete-event models. You’ll learn how to perform simulation ensembles using Monte Carlo approaches and discover how to identify clusters in your model results to help you understand its behavior and identify critical processes and tipping points. You’ll also use objective functions to set targets for your model optimization efforts. To end this course, you’ll explore how to make your model scalable so that it can grow stable and in a controlled manner.