Required resources


Monte Carlo software packages such as Crystal Ball and @Risk run on standard PCs with Pentium II, 200 MHz or faster, 32 MB RAM as officially recommended minimum configuration. On the basis of our experiences we recommend 500 Mhz processor or equivalent with 256 MB RAM as minimum configuration.


Packages such as Crystal Ball are very easy to learn. If you are familiar with Excel it takes less than one hour to get proficient with Crystal Ball.

SimLab takes more time to get proficient with and requires more skills because one has to interface SimLab with one's own model. The forum on the SimLab website has however al lot of useful tips making the task easier. We recommend the book "Sensitivity Analysis in Practice: A Guide to Assessing Scientific Models" by Saltelli et al. 2004. It has many practical examples of the use of SimLab.