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Simulate Ribbon

The 'Simulate' ribbon presents a range of tools for configuring, building and running simulations.

Enterprise Architect supports simulations based on both Behavioral Models and Executable StateMachines, with the ability to start, pause and resume execution of a simulation, as well as setting break points and viewing Call Stacks or local variables. A number of pre-defined model searches are also provided to assist with locating model artifacts related to your simulations.

Part of the Simulate ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Part of the Simulate ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.




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The 'Core' panel brings together a range of tools for working with Behavioral Model simulations. It provides access to a number of windows that allow you to control a simulation, set up simulation triggers and signals, set breakpoints, inspect local variables or view the Call Stack. It also offers a number of pre-defined model searches for retrieving recently modified StateMachines and Activity Graphs.

Core Panel


The 'Run' panel provides a number of buttons to control execution of an active simulation, such as Start, Pause, Step Over, Step In, Step Out and Stop.

Run Panel


Executable StateMachines provide a powerful means of rapidly generating, executing and simulating complex state models. In contrast to dynamic simulation of State Charts using Enterprise Architect's Simulation engine, Executable StateMachines provide a complete language-specific implementation that can form the behavioral 'engine' for multiple software products on multiple platforms.

The 'Executable' panel provides a number of facilities for working with Executable StateMachines. You can access facilities to configure Analyzer Scripts that determine how code is generated, compiled and executed for the Executable StateMachine. There are commands for you to generate, build and execute the code that runs the simulation, as well as a facility to view the generated code in the built-in code editor.

Executable Panel

Decision Analysis

The 'Decision Analysis' panel helps you to perform simulations of models created under Enterprise Architect's implementation of the Decision Modeling and Notation (DMN) facility, developed by the Open Modeling Group. This facility enables you to open a DMN Simulation and set up DMN Expressions, and to locate and work from DMN Configuration Artifacts.

Process Analysis

The 'Process Analysis' panel provides facilities to manage and run BPMN simulation models, based on the BPSim standard.

Process Analysis Panel

System Behavior

The 'System Behavior' panel provides access to the 'SysML Simulation Configuration Manager' view, where you can configure and manage SysML based simulations as well as access a pre-defined search to retrieve SysML configuration artifacts.

System Behavior Panel

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