Arena 16.1 Features
Why Arena 16.1?
- New User Interface
- Template Updates
- New Math functions for numeric Variable Arrays
- New Queue Functions
- New Flow Process Tank functions
- New SMARTs
- Multi-Processing Support
New User Interface
Arena's toolbar interface has been updated to a ribbon style.
Arena modules have been reorganized into new functional based templates. The template modules have new module shapes and updated panel icons. All modules now include a comment field. The ability to draw straight line connections between modules has been improved.
- Discrete Processing
- Data Definition
- Input Output
- Material Handling
The Flow process template has been renamed to Tank Flow for clarity.
The Sequence data module and Sequences Element now support direct read.
New Math functions for numeric Variable Arrays
- VSUMCOL(Column number, Variable number)
Returns the sum of all the values in the specified column for the requested arrayed numeric variable.
- VSUMROW(Row number, Variable number)
Returns the sum of all the values in the specified row for the requested arrayed numeric variable.
- VSUMAVAR( Variable number)
Returns the sum of all the values for the requested arrayed numeric variable.
New Queue functions
- NQSET(Queue Set ID)
Returns the number of entities in all the queues of the specified queue set.
New Flow Process Tank functions
- TankSpace(Tank ID)
Returns the remaining capacity of the specified tank.
All the smarts have been updated and use the new template panels.
Arena now supports the use of multi-processing. The Run Replications in Parallel option can be used to spread replication runs for a model across logical processors, and collect/combine the output data into a single database for reporting. This feature is designed to expedite the generation of output data for models running multiple replications.
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 16.1, the following items have been retired:
Adjust Variable module - This module will still exist in the Advanced Process template, however it will not be supported in the new templates.
Advanced Set module - This module will still exist in the Advanced Process template. The Set module in the new Data Definition template is a combination of the old Basic Process Set module and Advanced Process Advanced Set module.
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In case you missed it, you can check out the full list of new features from v16.0.