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Author Grason, John ♦ Babich, Alan F. ♦ Parnas, David L.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Similation organization ♦ Significant event simulation ♦ Event simulation ♦ Clock pulse simulation
Abstract This paper compares a new method of simulation organization, called the significant event method, with an old one, called the clock pulse method, using as examples two automobile traffic models. The significant event method is found to be more efficient than the clock pulse method at low levels of system interaction and less efficient at high levels. A simple mathematical model for the trade-off in the relative running time of the two methods is developed. The model aids in choosing between the two simulation methods for a particular experiment. It is concluded that the significant event method can be of value in the simulation of some systems when computational efficiency is of sufficient importance.
Description Affiliation: Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (Babich, Alan F.; Grason, John; Parnas, David L.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 18
Issue Number 6
Page Count 7
Starting Page 323
Ending Page 329


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Source: ACM Digital Library