Event Scheduling

The different modules of the Application Simulator communicate over events that are triggered at a specific simulation time. The following classes and interfaces model theses events.


The class Event contains the information that is necessary to process an event. An event describes when it should be processed and which information is processed. Moreover an event has an assigned priority.

Attributes of Event

The class Event contains the following attributes:

  • long time: defines the time when the execution of the event is triggered.
  • long nice: defines the priority of the event. When multiple events are scheduled for the sametime, the events are ordered in ascending order.
  • List<EventProcessor> processors: is a list of components that shall process the event.
  • Object resource: is an object that contains additional information designated for the processor of the event. The resource can be any object.

Methods of Event

  • Event(): There are multiple constructors for Event with different parameters. Every constructor sets default values for the attributes that are not defined by the arguments of the constructor.
  • Event newTime(long time): allows the creation of a new event with a new execution time based
  • String getResourceSimpleClassName(): returns the class name of the resource as String.
  • int compareTo(Event event): implements the standardized Java interface Comparable. Toorder the events, first the time of the event is evaluated. In case the times are equal, the priority of the events is compared.

Interface EventManager

The interface EventManager defines the method void addEvent(Event event) that needs to be implemented to add an event to the execution.

Interface EventScheduler

The interface EventScheduler extends the interface EventManager and is used for classes that trigger events.

Methods of EventScheduler

  • boolean isEmpty(): returns true if the scheduler contains no elements, otherwise it returns false.
  • long getNextEventTime(): returns the time of the next event.
  • long getScheduledTime(): returns the time when the last event has been executed.
  • List<Event> scheduleEvents(long time): returns a list of objects that are scheduled for a certain simulation time.
  • Set<Event> getAllEvents(): returns a set of all events that are considered by the scheduler.


The class EventSchedulerImpl is an implementation of the interface EventScheduler.

Interface EventProcessor

The interface EventProcessor defines how the execution module gets the events. The execution module therefore has to implement the following methods:

  • void processEvent(Event event): The module processes the event.
  • boolean canProcessEvent(): returns true when the module is currently able to process new events, otherwise it returns false.


Class EventInterceptor

In some situation it is useful to intercept events before they actually reach the intended processors. By intercepting the events it is possible to apply further monitoring and to filter which events the event processors receive. The class EventInterceptor is used to construct objects of the type InterceptedEvent. In the constructor it is possible to specify an EventManager that manages the intercepted events. Moreover, objects of the type EventProcessor can be specified that shall process the intercepted events.

Class InterceptedEvent

The class InterceptedEvents extends the class Event. It is used to provide type safe allocations of events that shall be intercepted.