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PACE Documentation


One can access a part of the extensive PACE documentation and model descriptions by selecting "PACE Documentation." The complete documentation is part of the PACE delivery.

Getting Started with PACE

This introduction hopes to speed and ease the usual learning curve with practical examples. In these examples, PACE's many characteristics are described and used, so users have a basic knowledge of PACE after working through the tutorial and can create models on their own. The PACE manuals, which may be drawn on at any time, offer even more depth of information to allow quickly for problem-free modeling.

PACE Cookbook

While the PACE manual describes all features of PACE completely with only a few examples, the "Cookbook" introduces users to the basics of PACE in a more application-oriented manner. Basically this cookbook contains the topics that are treated during an introduction, usually in PACE courses. It therefore contains a great number of typical examples which can be used as templates during modeling.

PACE History

Here the most essential extensions of the PACE system since version 6.0 (2006) are described.

Simulation of an Airport Automated Baggage System (The Denver Airport Baggage Fiasco; revisited)

This model was developed as an example during an introductory course about modeling of event-driven discrete parallel systems with PACE.

In Dr. Dobb's Journal # 261 of January 1997 John Swartz describes the Denver airport baggage fiasco in his article, 'Simulation of the Denver Airport Automated Baggage System.' He states that the simulated ABS (Automated Baggage System) would likely deadlock, since there are situations where not enough telecars are available to handle the airliner arrival.

In the following we extend his approach insofar as we do not stop the simulation if not enough telecars are available. We assume that the missing telecars are sent to the gates as soon as they are available and investigate the consequences with respect to the time delay for baggage pickup.

To simplify this investigation we use the advanced simulation tool PACE which allows for a fast semigraphical development of simulation models. PACE has been used among others to simulate the ABS of a large European airport in its planning stage.

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