Can I simulate BlockSim diagrams while I’m doing other things?
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Yes. The Synthesis version of BlockSim offers a simulation batch mode, which allows you to simulate multiple diagrams consecutively, without user input between simulations. This enables you to set up a series of simulations and then turn your attention elsewhere or leave your desk, which may be particularly helpful when you need to simulate several very large diagrams.
To open the Batch Mode Simulation window, choose Simulation > Tools > Batch Mode.
Each diagram that is selected for simulation in batch mode must have its own simulation settings defined. This includes:
- Optional simulation settings that are specified on the Analysis Settings page of each diagram’s control panel. These settings control factors that affect reported results, such as whether subdiagram results will be reported, whether throughput will be calculated and so on. You must specify these settings for each diagram before you start scheduling the batch simulation.
- Required simulation settings that are specified in the Maintainability/Availability Simulation window. These settings control factors that affect how the simulation is performed, such as how many simulations will be run, the simulation end time, whether to use a seed for repeatability and so on. If necessary, you can set/change these settings while you’re scheduling the batch simulation, as described below.
In the Batch Mode Simulation window, a red status light indicates that the required simulation settings either have not been defined or are incompatible with batch mode (e.g., if the "log of simulations" simulation type is selected). There are two ways to edit them while you are scheduling the batch simulation:
- If you want all of the simulated diagrams to use the same settings, use the check boxes to select the diagrams that will be simulated and then click Edit Simulation Settings. In the settings window, specify your preferences and select Apply settings to all highlighted and selected diagrams, then click OK.
- If you need to define different settings for different diagrams, you can open the settings window multiple times. To highlight multiple diagrams at the same time, press CTRL and click each one. For example, in the following picture, the user has selected to simulate four diagrams (indicated by the check boxes) but will edit the simulation settings for only three of them (indicated by the highlights). The simulation settings for the first diagram were already defined and can remain unchanged when the user defines the settings for the other three.
Once you have specified simulation settings for all of the diagrams of interest, click Run. The window will change to show the status of the simulations, as shown next.
While simulation is in progress, you can click Skip to stop simulating the current diagram and move on to the next one or Cancel to stop the simulations entirely. You will not be able to perform other operations in this instance of BlockSim while the simulations are in progress.