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Since the OBS paradigm has become a potential candidate to cope with the needs of the future all optical networks, it has really caught the attention from both academia and industry worldwide. In this direction, OBS networks have been investigated under many different scenarios comprising numerous architectures and strategies. This heterogeneous context encouraged the development of various simulation tools. In this paper we present our novel Java-based OBS network simulator called JAVOBS. We discuss its architecture, study its performance and provide some exemplary results that point out its remarkable flexibility. This flexibility should permit an easy integration of upcoming new network protocol designs but also support changing and evolving research goals.