Overview and Key Concepts
To run a simulation, you'll use the simulation control bar (also called the control bar for short), located underneath the main menu and toolbar. The control bar contains most of the tools and commands that you will need to run your simulation. The control bar essentially has three different groups of tools you can use to control how your simulation runs, as illustrated in the following image:
The following sections explains the different buttons on each section of the control bar and other properties.
Run Control Tools
The Run Control buttons are the basic tools you will use to start and stop your simulation, as shown in the following image:
These buttons are fairly intuitive to use since they closely resemble the playback controls on a media player. However, a few of the buttons possibly work differently than you might expect. For that reason, you should read the explanation of each button in the following table:
|Icon||Button Name||Purpose||Keyboard Shortcut|
||Ctrl + left arrow|
||Ctrl + space bar|
||Ctrl + space bar|
||Ctrl + right arrow|
Run Time Tools
The Run Time tools help you to monitor how much time has passed in the simulation and to define when the simulation should stop running.
The simulation clock indicates the amount of time that has elapsed during the simulation run so far. The simulation clock will start at 0 time units and will progress from there.
Stop Time Options
If you click the drop-down arrow to the right of the simulation clock, the stop time options will appear. Using these options you can determine when the simulation should stop running:
- Display Mode - Choose whether to display the time in seconds or according the date and time in the simulation.
- Stop Time - Check this box to stop the simulation at a specific time. Once this box has been checked, you can specify the precise time the model should end in either seconds or by a specific date and time. If this box is left unchecked, the model will run indefinitely until you press the Stop button.
Run Speed Tools
The Run Speed tools allow you to change how fast the simulation will move while it is running.
You can use the slider button to manually adjust the run speed.
Displays the current speed at which the simulation model is running or will run.
Select which speed you would like the simulation to run. Options are:
- 1.00 is the slowest speed.
- Maximum is the fastest speed.
- Custom allows you to type the speed you would like in the box directly below it. Click the Set button to apply the new custom speed settings.