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The main way to interact with a running simulation is TraCI which gives the complete flexibility of doing cross-platform, cross-language, and networked interaction with SUMO acting as a server. One major drawback is the communication overhead due to the protocol and the socket communication. To have a more efficient coupling without the need to dive deep into the SUMO internals an interface called libsumo is being defined, having the following properties:

  • C++ interface based on static functions and a few simple wrapper classes for results
  • Function signatures similar to TraCI
  • Language bindings for at least Java and Python
  • Based on SWIG

libsumo is still under development but several basic parts are already functional

  • loading a simulation
  • doing simulation steps
  • retrieving data from single vehicles, detectors, edges etc.

What does not work yet:

  • running with sumo-gui
  • subscriptions
  • vehicle state notifications (getting the number of departed vehicles etc.)
  • testing the whole stuff

Building it

It currently requires cmake and swig being installed together with the developer packages for Python (and Java if needed), for Windows see Installing/Windows_CMake. You need to (re-)compile sumo yourself under Windows following the remarks above, under Linux it is probably just a matter of calling cmake and make. For the python bindings you will get a and a (or .pyd on Windows). If you place them somewhere on your python path you should be able to use them like that:

import libsumo
libsumo.Simulation.load(["-c", "test.sumocfg"])

Further descriptions will follow.