Discrete Event Simulation: State of the Art

Eduard Babulak, Ming Wang


Discrete event simulation technologies have been
extensively used by industry and academia to deal with
various industrial problems. By late 1990s, the discrete
event simulation was in doldrums as global manufacturing
industries went through radical changes. The simulation
software industry also went through consolidation. The
changes have created new problems, challenges and
opportunities to the discrete event simulation. This paper
reviews the discrete event simulation technologies; discusses
challenges and opportunities presented by both global
manufacturing and the knowledge economy. The authors
believe that discrete event simulation remains one of the
most effective decision support tools but much need to be
done in order to address new challenges. To this end, the
paper calls for development of a new generation of discrete
event simulation software.


Discrete and interactive simulations; hybrid manufacturing systems; what-if-analysis; systems modeling

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE) – eISSN: 2626-8493
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