Although Cell-DEVS engines have been optimized for efficient modelling and simulation over a cell space, visualization and analysis of the results they generate remains a complex task. They are limited by the high volume of data that must be processed to identify patterns and tendencies in the model’s behavior, particularly over time. In this paper, we present a lightweight, web-based visualization and analysis platform as an alternative to costly proprietary software. The Cell-DEVS Simulation WebViewer is written in HTML5 and JavaScript, requires no installation and offers a user-friendly way to post-process Cell-DEVS simulation results. It allows users to visualize and animate their simulation results, to navigate to different time steps, record videos of their simulation, inspect the state of individual cells, and export the raw data in JSON for further processing in other external programs. It leverages the data-driven document (D3) JavaScript API to provide statistical analysis capabilities in the form of animated charts that display data derived from the simulation as it is being executed.

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Keywords Cell-DEVS, D3, DEVS, Visualization and analysis
Conference 50th Summer Computer Simulation Conference, SCSC 2018, Part of the 2018 Summer Simulation Multi-Conference, SummerSim 2018
Citation
St-Aubin, B. (Bruno), Hesham, O. (Omar), & Wainer, G.A. (2018). A cell-devs visualization and analysis platform. In Simulation Series (pp. 157–168).