HomeTechniques and Tips@RISK PerformanceFor Faster Simulations

9.2. For Faster Simulations

Disponible en español: Para simulaciones más rápidas
Disponível em português: Para simulações mais rápidas

Applies to: @RISK 5.x–7.x
(For @RISK 4.x, please ask Technical Support for the archived article.)

Contents:
Excel settings
Hardware suggestions
Windows setup
Your @RISK model
Simulation settings
Progress Window
@RISK with projects
Project settings

What can I do to speed up @RISK's performance?

Here's our list of things you can do within @RISK, and things you can do outside @RISK. The ones that make the biggest difference are marked in bold face.

How should I set up Excel?

Any hardware suggestions?

What can I do in Windows?

How should I structure my @RISK model?

In our experience, poorly structured models are the most common cause of poor performance. So it's worth spending time to structure your model efficiently.

What do you recommend for @RISK simulation settings?

What can the progress window tell me during simulation?

Take a look at the number of iterations per second. It should increase during the first part of the simulation, and then stay steady, assuming no other heavyweight Windows programs start up.

But sometimes, if Excel doesn't have focus, the number of iterations per second will gradually fall, as the simulation runs slower and slower. In this case, give focus to Excel by clicking once in the title bar of the Excel window. You should see the number of iterations gradually rise to its former level.

This doesn't always happen, and it's not clear exactly what interaction between Excel and Windows causes it when it does happen, but giving focus to Excel usually reverses a falling iteration rate. (If that doesn't work, try giving focus to the simulation progress window by clicking in its title bar.)

What about using @RISK with projects?

This applies to @RISK 6.x/7.x only, Professional and Industrial Editions.

What settings do you recommend in Microsoft Project?

See also: For Faster Optimizations

Last edited: 2017-02-22

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