University of Hamburg
Department of Computer Science
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The Java Simulation Handbook

The Java Simulation Handbook surveys a wide range of surveys a wide range of issues that are relevant to a successful simulation project. Developing transparent and well-structured discrete event simulation models with UML 2 and Java is the main theme of the book. It therefore provides an introduction to discrete event simulation from a modelling and programming point of view. This emphasis distinguishes the Java Simulation Handbook from other texts whose main focus centres on statistical methodology.

DESMO-J is pointed out as powerful and freely available discrete event simulation tool in Java. In addition to comprehensive introductions on how to use UML 2 and DESMO-J for designing and coding many examples, the handbook offers well-focused surveys of the most relevant aspects of discrete event simulation methodology. Under coordination of the two main authors, invited contributions of competent specialists in the respective areas from different universities have rounded up this comprehensive textbook.

Readers of the the Java Simulation Handbook may wish to download DESMO-J or accomplish the DESMO-J Tutorial first.

The Java Simulation Handbook(ISBN 978-3-8322-3771-4) is available both as printed book and as electronic edition. It can be bought directly from Shaker Publishing and from several European Amazon stores like and

The books intended readership includes students of computer science, information systems, management science, and engineering, with good Java programming skills. The book will also be useful to practitioners of simulation methods in many domains, as well as to IT professionals.

About the main authors:
Professor Dr.-Ing. Bernd Page is Professor of applied computer science at the University of Hamburg (Germany). Professor Page has been engaged in teaching, research, and technology transfer of simulation for many years.
Associate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Kreutzer teaches computer science at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). His interests in simulation focus on model design and implementation. He has taught and written about simulation since the mid-1970s.