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Large Scale Distributed Simulation on the Grid

Large Scale Distributed Simulation on the Grid

This proposal is to establish a synergy between MeSC, the Midlands e-Science Center of Excellence in Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems at the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Parallel and Distributed Computing Centre (PDCC), at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The focus of the collaboration will be large scale distributed simulation on Grids. Modeling and simulation is required in many areas of science and engineering, for example, for predicting the behavior of new systems being designed or for analyzing natural phenomena. These simulation systems often require huge com-puting resources and the data sets required by the simulation may also be geographically distributed. Furthermore, the development of such complex simulation applications usually requires collaborative effort from researchers with different domain knowledge and expertise, possibly at different locations. In order to support collaborative model development and to cater for the increasing complexity of such systems, it is necessary to harness distributed resources over the Internet. The last decade has witnessed an explosion of interest and innovation in the field of large scale distributed simulation. This activity is mainly centered on the High Level Architecture (HLA), which has developed as an IEEE standard to fa-cilitate interoperability among simulations and promote reuse of simulation models. Using HLA, a large-scale distributed simulation can be constructed by linking together a number of geographically distributed simulation components (or fed-erates) into an overall simulation (or federation). The Grid provides an unrivalled technology for large scale distributed simulation as it enables collaboration and the use of distributed computing resources, while also facilitating access to geographically distributed data sets. The investigators' shared vision is a "Grid plug-and-play distributed simulation system", a distributed collaborative simulation envi-ronment where researchers with different domain knowledge and expertise, possibly at different locations, develop, mod-ify, assemble and execute distributed simulation components over the Grid. However a number of important new research challenges have to be addressed before this vision is realized. The proposed project to bring together a combination of strong expertise in distributed simulation, grid computing and agent-based systems and to advance the field of grid aware large scale distributed simulation. The proposed project aims to transfer Expertise and technology between MeSC and PDCC, strengthen the international presence of MeSC in the field and set up the basis for a long term collaboration between the two institutions. As part of the project, a transnational, long distance Grid infrastructure will be set and a case study (proof of concept) will be developed. The main mechanisms for achieving the project's objectives will be staff exchanges between the two institutions and a two-day workshop in MeSC at the end of the project to disseminate the results of the collaboration.

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Other
Grant Value: £40,000.00
Start Date: 01/05/2004
End Date: Not specified
Project Status: funded
Funding Agency: Core

Project Members
Dr Georgios Theodoropoulos

Collaborating Organisations
University of Birmingham

Component(s) Project Develops
This project is not associated with any components at present.

Application Area(s) associated with Project
This project is not associated with any application areas at present.


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