Using SimSo in script mode

SimSo can be used as a library in order to automatize wide experimentations and have a maximum of flexibility on the analysis of the results. In this tutorial, a few examples are provided.

Loading a configuration using a simulation file

A Configuration can be initialized with a file passed to its constructor:

configuration = Configuration(argv[1])

The configuration could also be partial and completed by the script. Finally, the configuration can be checked for correctness using the check_all method:


This method will raise an exception if something is not correct.

Creating a configuration from scratch

It is also possible to create a new configuration from an empty configuration. This is done by instantiating a Configuration object without argument. Then, its attributes can be changed:

configuration = Configuration()

configuration.duration = 100 * configuration.cycles_per_ms

It is also possible to add tasks:

configuration.add_task(name="T1", identifier=1, period=7,
                       activation_date=0, wcet=3, deadline=7)

And of course processors:

configuration.add_processor(name="CPU 1", identifier=1)

Finally, a scheduler is also required. For that, it’s possible to use a custom scheduler:

configuration.scheduler_info.filename = "examples/"

Or one of the schedulers embedded with SimSo:

configuration.scheduler_info.clas = "simso.schedulers.RM"

Creating the Model

A configuration is an object grouping every characteristics of the system (tasks, processors, schedulers, etc). Such a configuration can be passed to the Model constructor in order to create the simulation:

model = Model(configuration)

And the simulation can be run with the run_model method:


Some basic logs can be get through the logs attribute:

for log in model.logs:

First Example

The following script simulate a system loading from a simulation file or configured from scratch:

import sys
from simso.core import Model
from simso.configuration import Configuration

def main(argv):
    if len(argv) == 2:
        # Configuration load from a file.
        configuration = Configuration(argv[1])
        # Manual configuration:
        configuration = Configuration()

        configuration.duration = 420 * configuration.cycles_per_ms

        # Add tasks:
        configuration.add_task(name="T1", identifier=1, period=7,
                               activation_date=0, wcet=3, deadline=7)
        configuration.add_task(name="T2", identifier=2, period=12,
                               activation_date=0, wcet=3, deadline=12)
        configuration.add_task(name="T3", identifier=3, period=20,
                               activation_date=0, wcet=5, deadline=20)

        # Add a processor:
        configuration.add_processor(name="CPU 1", identifier=1)

        # Add a scheduler:
        #configuration.scheduler_info.filename = "examples/"
        configuration.scheduler_info.clas = "simso.schedulers.RM"

    # Check the config before trying to run it.

    # Init a model from the configuration.
    model = Model(configuration)

    # Execute the simulation.

    # Print logs.
    for log in model.logs:


More details

It is possible to get more information from the tasks using Results class. For example we could get the computation time of the jobs:

for task in model.results.tasks:
    print( + ":")
    for job in
        print("%s %.3f ms" % (, job.computation_time))

Or the number of preemptions per task:

for task in model.results.tasks.values():
    print("%s %s" % (, task.preemption_count))

You can get all the metrics provided in the TaskR and JobR objects. Read the documentation of these classes to know exactly what is directly accessible.

It is also possible to get the monitor object from each processors. This is a very detail history of the system. For example, you can count the number of context switches, where a context switch is something that happen when the previous task running on the same processor is different:

cxt = 0
for processor in model.processors:
    prev = None
    for evt in processor.monitor:
        if evt[1].event == ProcEvent.RUN:
            if prev is not None and prev != evt[1].args.task:
                cxt += 1
            prev = evt[1].args.task

print("Number of context switches (without counting the OS): " + str(cxt))