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- Language type:
M - Mathematical or Simulation
GPSS, the General Purpose Simulation System,
is a family of mostly-declarative languages designed
for discrete-event simulation and system
A GPSS simulation program consists of a
set of blocks, and connections between them.
Block types include generators, queues,
servers, selectors/routers, data
collectors, timing and computational nodes, and
various other types. Data types supported
in simulation models varied between
versions, but usually included integers,
reals, strings, and records. GPSS systems
always had sophisticated random sample
generators to model various probability
distributions that arise in modelling of
Some versions of GPSS are still available
for sale commercially, no free versions
seem to be available. Documentation for
the language is not easily available
- See Also:
There were many dialects and editions
of GPSS in the period of about 1961-1991.
IBM created GPSS, and sold GPSS II and III,
GPSS/360, and GPSS V. Other vendors
created advanced versions (GPSS/H,
GPSSR/PC) and user-friendly versions (GPSS/PC),
and Unix-oriented versions (GPSS/C).
Versions of GPSS after about 1988 supported
various extensions for more sophisticated
input and output. For example, GPSS/H
supports The Extended Simulation System (TESS),
which allowed simulations to employ relational
databases, obtain input with forms, draw
graphs, etc. Some versions even supported
animation of simulation execution.
By the mid-1990s, GPSS had been largely
superseded in industry by newer and
more interactive tools, and more
sophisticated languages (e.g. SimscriptII).
It may still be used as a teaching tool
in the study of discrete-event simulation
- Sample code:
A simple model of 20 barbers serving a
stream of customers.
BARBERS STORAGE 20
UNLINK MIN BARBERS,BARBGO,1,(UTIL)PL
CLEAVE AVANCE .5
BARBGEN GENERATE ,,,20,5,1PH,1PL 20 BARBERS
BARBGO SEIZE PH(IBARB)
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