To optimize models in workflows that involve running multiple simulations, you can
create simulation tests using the
The grocery store example uses multiple simulations approach to optimize the number of shopping carts required to prevent long customer waiting lines.
In this example, the Entity Generator block represents the customer entry to the store. The customers wait in line if necessary and get a shopping cart through the Resource Acquirer block. The Resource Pool block represents the available shopping carts in the store. The Entity Server block represents the time each customer spends in the store. The customers return the shopping carts through the Resource Releaser block, while the Entity Terminator block represents customer departure from the store. The Average wait, w statistic from the Resource Acquirer block is saved to the workspace by the To Workspace block from the Simulink® library.
Grocery store customers wait in line if there are not enough shopping carts.
However, having too many unused shopping carts is considered a waste. The goal of
the example is to investigate the average customer wait time for a varying number of
available shopping carts in the store. To compute the average customer wait time,
multiple simulations are run by using the
sim command. For each simulation, a
single available shopping cart value is used. For more information on the
sim command, see Run Parallel Simulations.
In the simulations, the available shopping cart value ranges from
50 and in each simulation it
1. It is assumed that during the operational hours,
customers arrive at the store with a random rate drawn from an exponential
distribution and their shopping duration is drawn from a uniform
In the Entity Generator block, set the Entity
type name to
Customers and the
Time source to
action. Then, enter this code.
persistent rngInit; if isempty(rngInit) seed = 12345; rng(seed); rngInit = true; end % Pattern: Exponential distribution mu = 1; dt = -mu*log(1-rand());
The time between the customer arrivals is drawn from an exponential
distribution with mean
In the Resource Pool block, specify the Resource
ShoppingCart. Set the
Resource amount to
Initial value of available shopping carts is
In the Resource Acquirer block, set the
ShoppingCart as the Selected
Resources, and set the Maximum number of waiting
The example assumes a limitless number of customers who can wait for a shopping cart.
In the Entity Server block, set the
The example assumes a limitless number of customers who can shop in the store.
In the Entity Server block, set the Service time
MATLAB action and enter
the code below.
persistent rngInit; if isempty(rngInit) seed = 123456; rng(seed); rngInit = true; end % Pattern: Uniform distribution % m: Minimum, M: Maximum m = 20; M = 40; dt = m+(M-m)*rand;
The time a customer spends in the store is drawn from a uniform
distribution on the interval between
20 minutes and
Connect the Average wait, w statistic from the
Resource Acquirer block to a To Workspace
block and set its Variable name to
Set the simulation time to
The duration of one simulation is
10 hours of operation
Save the model.
For this example, the model is saved with the name
Open a new MATLAB® script and run this MATLAB code for multiple simulations.
Initialize the model and the available number of shopping carts for each simulation, which determines the number of simulations.
% Initialize the Grocery Store model with % random intergeneration time and service time value mdl = 'GroceryStore_ShoppingCartExample'; isModelOpen = bdIsLoaded(mdl); open_system(mdl); % Range of number of shopping carts that is % used in each simulation ShoppingCartNumber_Sweep = (20:1:50); NumSims = length(ShoppingCartNumber_Sweep);
In each simulation, number of available shopping carts is
Run each simulation with the corresponding available shopping cart value and output the results.
% Run NumSims number of simulations NumCustomer = zeros(1,NumSims); for i = 1:1:NumSims in(i) = Simulink.SimulationInput(mdl); % Use one ShoppingCartNumber_sweep value for each iteration in(i) = setBlockParameter(in(i), [mdl '/Resource Pool'], ... 'ResourceAmount', num2str(ShoppingCartNumber_Sweep(i))); end % Output the results for each simulation out = sim(in);
Gather and visualize the results.
% Compute maximum average wait time for the % customers for each simulation MaximumWait = zeros(1,NumSims); for i=1:NumSims MaximumWait(i) = max(out(1, i).AverageCustomerWait.Data); end % Visualize the plot plot(ShoppingCartNumber_Sweep, MaximumWait,'bo'); grid on xlabel('Number of Available Shopping Carts') ylabel('Maximum Wait Time')
Observe the plot that displays the maximum average wait time for the customers as a function of available shopping carts.
The plot displays the tradeoff between having
shopping carts available for zero wait time versus
shopping carts for a
2-minute customer wait time.