Role of Timeouts in SimEvents Models

You can limit the amount of time an entity spends during the simulation on designated entity paths. Exceeding the limit causes a timeout event and the entity is said to have timed out. The duration of the time limit is called the timeout interval.

You might use timeout events to

  • Model a protocol that explicitly calls for timeouts.

  • Implement special routing or other handling of entities that exceed a time limit.

  • Model entities that represent something perishable.

  • Identify blocks in which entities wait too long.

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