In September 2023, the AnyLogic Conference brought together experts from different fields to share their experience with our software. The conference had two main points: case presentations from various experts and the AnyLogic 9 workshop. You can check out case studies and video presentations on the AnyLogic Conference 2023 page.
In this blog post, we're zooming in on the AnyLogic 9 workshop. It's all about the latest advancements and useful insights. Keep reading as we explore the future of simulation modeling!
AnyLogic 9 status
As of today, AnyLogic 9 is available to anyone with an AnyLogic Cloud active subscription. AnyLogic 9 is fully integrated with AnyLogic Cloud, and both of our products work in synergy. Cloud users can go directly to AnyLogic 9 and try modeling right in a browser.
The current version of AnyLogic 9 gives you a sneak peek into the upcoming features. With an AnyLogic Cloud subscription, you can try and use the advantages of in-browser modeling long before the full-fledged AnyLogic 9 release.
Workshop: running a pub
The workshop task was to create a model of a pub that serves two beer brands: Corona and Dos Equis. Running a pub in real life is difficult, but it might be even more challenging in a simulation. However, in AnyLogic 9, you can easily create the simulation model, animate it, and run different experiments.
The workshop hosts are Andrei Borshchev, the CEO & CTO of AnyLogic, and Nikolay Churkov, the Principal Software Engineer at AnyLogic. They lead you step-by-step through the modeling.
The main question of the simulation is: How many bartenders do you need to keep every client happy? To find the answer, you build the model, run the simulation, and then proceed with the variation experiment.
In total, the simulation has five core stages:
- Customers flow
- Bartender integration into the model
- Beer flow
- Customer rotation and satisfaction
- Variation experiment
To build the model, follow the "AnyLogic 9 Workshop cheat sheet" instructions or watch the workshop video. You’ll see that it is much easier than it seems at first. Just open the software and build the model consistently, step-by-step.
You start by recreating the pub and finish with detailed data provided on the results of the simulation. Every stage is thoroughly explored. The hosts explain why you need them and how it affects the simulation results. Though it requires time and attention to recreate the model, it is easy to follow. Even if it is the first time you have ever interacted with modeling software.
At the end of the workshop, we had several hot topics raised by the event attendees.
1. What would teamwork look like in AnyLogic 9?
Teamwork is set to become more efficient and collaborative. Drawing inspiration from the simplicity of version control in AnyLogic 8, AnyLogic 9 maintains a clear and straightforward line of changes. This ensures a seamless experience, with models easily shared among multiple users.
Additionally, we work on integration with Git repositories, enhancing collaborative efforts.
Furthermore, AnyLogic 9 will introduce a graphical comparison tool in the software. This tool empowers users to compare different branches, track incoming changes, and efficiently resolve and merge conflicts.
2. How will the setup of AnyLogic 8 be affected by the changes introduced with AnyLogic 9?
As AnyLogic 9 makes its entrance, it is important to note that it will initially run in parallel with AnyLogic 8. This transition period allows users to adapt to AnyLogic 9 at their own pace, minimizing disruptions to existing setups. The core focus during this period is on accommodating users who prefer running the software on-premises, ensuring a smooth and user-friendly experience.
3. How to request new features in AnyLogic 9 and AnyLogic Cloud?
When it comes to suggesting new features or reporting bugs, the most effective channel is through our dedicated support system.
Today, AnyLogic 9 and AnyLogic Cloud are closely related, as AnyLogic 9 operates on the basis of the Cloud. If you have questions, feature requests, or issue reports, you may contact us via the AnyLogic Cloud Get support button. In the top right corner, hover over the profile icon and click on Get support in the drop-down menu. It opens a dedicated window for the message. Once you are done writing, click on Submit.
Our support team serves as a direct link to all of our development departments. By staying connected with our support, you can be confident that your input will be directed appropriately, contributing to the ongoing improvements
4. Will the AnyLogic 9 performance differ on Mac and Windows operating systems?
AnyLogic 9 promises consistent performance across different operating systems. Notably, with AnyLogic 9 operating in a browser, differences in operating systems become less relevant. This commitment to performance similarity guarantees users a seamless experience, regardless of whether they use AnyLogic 9 on a Mac or Windows.
To sum up
AnyLogic 9 is an upcoming innovative software update that unites high-end functions and the simplicity of in-browser modeling. If you don’t want to wait for the official release, get an AnyLogic Cloud subscription and try out the AnyLogic 9 beta version.
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