Innoslate's 'Monte Carlo Simulator' allows for realistic analysis of a system or project’s cost, schedule, and performance. This simulator utilizes the same modeling techniques and technologies of the 'Discrete Event Simulator', but removes inherent uncertainty. This is accomplished by running the simulation repeatedly with different, random seeds to achieve a more comprehensive view of the model. An example of the results generated by running the 'Monte Carlo Simulator' is shown below:
The simulator consists of a sidebar to the left and a set of panels to the right which can be shown, hidden, re-sized and sorted in any order to best meet your needs. By default, the simulator displays the following panels: 'Status,' 'Time Tree Map,' 'Time Bar Chart,' 'Asset Utilization (Radar),' 'Cost Tree Map,' 'Cost Bar Chart,' and 'Resources (Radar).'
|Moving||Panels can be moved by clicking on the panel and dragging, allowing the panels to be ordered as needed.|
|Remove||Panels can be removed by clicking the X on the right side of the panel.|
|Locking||Panels can be locked into place by pressing the lock on the right side of the panel, Stopping the panel from being moved. Panels can be unlocked by re-clicking the lock. A locked panel will have a discolored header to signify that the panel is locked.|
|Resizing||Panels can be resized by clicking and dragging the small arrow to the bottom right of the panel.|
Note: Each panel has a minimum size based on the contents of the panel.
|Editing||Some panels have the ability to edit the information collected during the simulation. These panels usually have a model that will pop up when the panel is placed. To edit these panels, click the gear on the top right corner of the panel.|
Note: Once the simulation is running these panels cannot be edited.
|Reports||Some panels have reports that can be downloaded once the simulation has been run. These reports can be found by clicking the report dropdown button on the top right of the panel after the simulation is complete.|
The 'Classic Simulator' is the older version of the simulator. This Simulator has its own settings and layout and has all the functionality of the 'Classic Simulator'. To learn more about the 'Classic Simulator', please visit the 'Classic Simulator' help page.
Within the 'Monte Carlo Simulator' there are four (4) categories of panels, listed below, which are available to be displayed.
|Display Mode||Enables switching between a dark-theme and light-theme view of the simulator.|
|Calendar Mode||Enables calendar-driven simulations based on the entity 'Start' attribute. By default, if Calendar Mode is enabled and the root entity doesn’t have a 'Start' attribute set, the current time is used as the sim start time.|
Note: To use Calendar Mode, all actions in the sim must either not have a 'Start' attribute or one that occurs after the root entity 'Start' time.
|Iterations||The number of simulator iterations to run. By default, this is set to 100.|
|Hours per year||Enables simulating an average working calendar year, e.g,. 1860 working hours per year.|
|Max Cores||The maximum number of cores the simulator will use. By default, this will use the browser-determined number of cores for your computer.|
Note: For Safari users only, this value must be explicitly set or the simulation will not run!
|Matlab Integration URL||This allows the simulator scripts to connect to Matlab through a server URL.|
Note: Once the simulation has started running, only the Display Mode option can be changed.