Chapter 16. Efficient Simulation Techniques

The basic Monte Carlo (MC) technique was examined in Chapter 9 and, in Chapter 10, the Monte Carlo technique was applied to several simple communications systems. In both Chapters 9 and 10 we saw that the Monte Carlo method, while applicable to all systems without regard to architecture or complexity, has one very significant drawback. The fundamental problem with the Monte Carlo method is that the time required to execute a simulation and obtain a reliable estimate of system performance is often very long. In some cases the required run time may be so long that use of the Monte Carlo method is not practical.

The semianalytic (SA) technique was introduced in Chapter 10. While the SA technique yields simulations ...

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