Written by on Friday July 19th 2013 in SIMUL8 Tips, Technical Corner

SIMUL8 Tip – Replicate and Resources

If you have a system where:

  • an activity can be processing more than one job at a time

or

  • where the same task is worked on by multiple activities in parallel.

Then you may want to consider using SIMUL8’s ‘Replicate’ feature.

 How Replicate works:

In buy discount cialis online this example we are looking at how customers at a Grocery Store progress through 7 checkouts. On the left we have modeled this the traditional way, on the right viagra jelly for women we have used the replicate feature. In both cases the process behavior and output will cheap cialis generic levitra viagra be the same.

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The replicate feature makes one activity act as though it is several activates; it will behave as though it is the number of activities how do u buy propecia in canada that we state as the Replicate Value.

Setting the Replicate Value:

The Replicate value will pfizer mexico viagra set the maximum number of simultaneous jobs that can be processed at once. To set this value:

  1. Left-click on the activity to buy viagra online australia select it.
  2. Choose the ‘Additional’ tab.
  3. Set the buy propecia 5mg online uk Replicate number in this box.

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Adding Resources:

At the Grocery Store we could find that we have 7 checkouts but actually only have 4 staff members. In this case we would only be able to have 4 checkouts active and we would only be able to process a maximum of 4 jobs at any time. This is the same way that adding a resource requirement will influence a replicated activity. So if we add a resource to the simulation and assign it to the activity, the maximum number of jobs that can process at the same time will now be  limited by either; the number of available resources or by the replication value (whichever is lowest).

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