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General Course Information

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Meetings: Quartile 2, Mondays 13.45 - 15.30 in MA 1.41 and (sometimes) Thursdays 13.45 - 15.30 in MF 07. A detailed schedule is given below.

Marko Boon

office: MF 4.089
telephone: 247 2989
e-mail: marko@win.tue.nl

Examination: The course evaluation will be based on 4 or 5 take home assignments. Assignments are given on Mondays. Some assignments take two weeks to complete, while others have to be handed in one week later. Please check this webpage for the most updated information.


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Lecture notes

An old version of the lecture notes is still available, but the course has been updated and no recent lecture notes are available. You can use the course slides and the sample source code as learning material.

Course outline from week to week

Week 1, Monday November 12, 2012

  1. Lecture slides: Lecture 1: Introduction
  2. Assignment: problem1.pdf
  3. Java-source text of simulations:
  4. For beginning Java programmers, the source code of the Coin toss and Birthday problems are also available in a simplified, non-object oriented form: Java-source text of simulations:

    Note that some Java documentation can be found at the bottom of this page.

  5. Mathematica notebooks: (right-click and select Save Target As...)

    The exact solution is also printed in this Mathematica notebook.

  6. Matlab source code for coin tossing and birthday problem:

Week 1, Thursday November 15, 2012

No lecture.

Week 2, Monday November 19, 2012

  1. Discussion of last week's exercise
  2. Lecture slides: Lecture 2: Discrete Event Simulation I

  3. Lecture slides: Lecture 4: Discrete Simulation

  4. Assignment: problem2.pdf
  5. Source text of simulation two-machine production line:
  6. Source code for discrete M/M/1 simulation:

Week 2, Thursday November 22, 2012

No lecture! (this is different from the original schedule)

Week 3, Monday November 26, 2012

  1. Discussion of last week's exercise
  2. Lecture slides: Lecture 3: Discrete Event Simulation II

  3. Assignment: problem3.pdf
  4. Java-source text of simulations:

Week 3, Thursday November 29, 2012

No Lecture.

Week 4, Monday December 3, 2012

No Lecture.

Week 4, Thursday December 6, 2012

  1. Discussion of last week's exercise
  2. Lecture slides: Lecture 5: random number generators

  3. Lecture slides: Lecture 6: Process-interaction approach for discrete-event simulation

Week 5, Monday December 10, 2012

  1. Assignment: problem4.pdf
  2. Case study: queueing networks
  3. Java-source text of simulations:

Week 5, Thursday December 13, 2012

No lecture.

Week 6, Monday December 17, 2012

  1. Discussion of last week's exercise
  2. Lecture slides: Input and output analysis of a simulation

Week 6, Thursday December 20, 2012

No lecture.

Week 7, Monday January 7, 2013

  1. Discussion of last week's exercise
  2. Lecture slides: How do we generate random variables?
  3. Assignment: problem5.pdf

Week 7, Thursday January 10, 2013

No lecture.

Java Documentation

  • Lecture notes of the basic Java Course can be found on the homepage of Kees Huizing.
  • To install Java, follow these steps:
    1. Download and install the Java Development Kit (JDK) from Sun's Java Web page. Choose the regular JDK 6 Update 17 (or whatever update is the latest, without EE, JavaFX or NetBeans.
    2. Install a program to write, compile, and run you Java programs. For example: NetBeans.


  • Adan, I.J.B.F.; Eenige, M.J.A. van; Resing, J.A.C.: Fitting discrete distributions on the first two moments. Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences, Vol. 9, 1995, pp. 623-632.
  • J. Banks and J.S. Carson (2001). Discrete-event system simulation. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.
  • P. Bratley, B.L. Fox and L.E. Schrage (1983). A guide to simulation. Springer.
  • G.S. Fishman (2001). Discrete-event simulation: modeling, programming, and analysis. Berlin: Springer.
  • A.M. Law and W.D. Kelton (2000). Simulation modeling and analysis. 3rd ed. New York: Mc-Graw-Hill.
  • W.D. Kelton, R.P. Sadowski, D.A. Sadowski (2002). Simulation with Arena. 2nd ed., London: McGraw-Hill, 2002
  • S.M. Ross (1997). Simulation. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press.
  • H.C. Tijms (1999). Spelen met kansen. Utrecht: Epsilon.
  • H.C. Tijms (2002). Operationele analyse: een inleiding in modellen en methoden. Utrecht: Epsilon.
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