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.
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 + Shift + up arrow|
||Ctrl + Shift + right arrow|
||Ctrl + right arrow|
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.
If you click the drop-down arrow to the right of the simulation clock, the run time options will appear:
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:
You can also change the Display Mode of the simulation speedometer so that it is defined as a ratio of some other unit per real second. This can be useful if you have different model events that take place over different time spans. In order to run your model in real time you can set the Display Mode to Simulation Seconds per Real Second and then set the run speed to 1.