Arena version 16.2
Arena's newest features were inspired by expert customers around the globe and designed to make customer experience better and model execution even faster than before. Discover how Arena v16.2 enables you to solve the complex challenges you are facing.
New in Arena 16.2
> Animate Bar
> New Model Statistics (Excel Report Spreadsheet)
> Multiple Instance Support
> Template Updates
> Usability Enhancements
> New SMARTs
> Multi-processing support
> Collaborative project development environment
> Easy to use environment to design printable reports
New Animate Bar
Arena's interface has been updated to include a new 'Animate Bar' window. This bar displays the current status of all model objects that may be animated in the model window. It also displays a list of select animation items placed in the model window. The bar can be used to quickly add animation to a model as well as find animation objects placed in the model window. See Animate Bar for more detail.
Model Statistics (Excel Report Spreadsheet)
Arena now stores model statistics in an SQLite database and generates an Excel workbook which displays model results. This workbook contains the following worksheets/tabs:
> ProjectInformation - Parameters for all projects in a model
> AcrossReplicationsSummary - Summary of all statistics across all replications
> DiscreteTimeStatsByRep - Discrete-time statistics (Tally) by replication
> ContinuousTimeStatsByRep - Continuous-time statistics (Time persistent) by replication
> CounterStatsByRep - Counter statistics by replication
> OutputStatsByRep - Output statistics by replications
> FrequencyStatsByRep - Frequency statistics by replication
> OutputStatsByRep - Output statistics by replications
See Model Statistics for more detail. The Crystal Reports (Category Overview, Category by Replication, etc.) are no longer available.
Multiple Instance Support
Arena now supports launching multiple application instances. There must be an available development or runtime license for each instance launched and the feature must be enabled in File>Options>Settings page.
Several template modules have been updated for improved functionality:
> Decisions template Remove module - The Remove module includes a new field named 'Number of Entities'. This field, which defaults to 1, is used to specify the number of entities to be removed from the queue. See the Remove module for more detail.
> Discrete Processing template Seize module - The Seize module includes new fields used to specify a capacity for a queue; if a capacity is defined, the corresponding balking label will determine where entities are directed when the queue has reached its maximum capacity. See the Seize module for more detail.
> Input Output template Change State module - The Change State is a new module that can be used to easily update the state of a resource in your model logic. See the Change State module for more detail.
The model window's right (mouse) click menu now includes 'Connect' and 'Enable Connect Mode' to easily add a single module connection or to place multiple connections in a single drawing session.
A new switch has been added to the SIMAN command line processor; -nodb which disables the generation of the report database.
As Arena evolves and as technology dictates, obsolete or little-used features will be removed from Arena. This involves thorough evaluation of how the proposed changes may affect our customers and whether alternatives within Arena are available. This will provide us greater flexibility in the development process and allows us to develop necessary enhancements. The following items will be retired from Arena in current and future releases:
> For the Arena 16.2, the following items have been retired:
Crystal Reports - The eleven reports (Activity Areas, Category Overview, Category by Replication, etc.) have been replaced with the Model Statistics Excel based report.
> Access Report database - The Access report database has been replaced with a SQLite report database.
> Export/Import Model to/from Database...
> Export Summary Statistics to CSV File...
> Module Data Transfer (Wizard)
> The File > Close command - This command has been removed. To close the Arena application, use the Close button in the upper right corner of the application window.
In case you missed it, you can check out the full list of new features from v16.1.
> Flowchart modeling methodology allows for quick and easy model building
> Arena includes a large library of pre-defined building blocks to model your process without the need for custom programming
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