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Roland Ewald, Jan Himmelspach, Adelinde M Uhrmacher, Dan Chen, and Georgios K Theodoropoulos (2006)

A Simulation Approach to Facilitate Parallel and Distributed Discrete-Event Simulator Development

In: DS-RT '06: Proceedings of the Tenth IEEE International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications (DS-RT'06), pp. 209–218, Washington, DC, USA, IEEE Computer Society.

Efficiently simulating discrete-event models in a parallel and distributed manner is a challenging endeavour. On one hand, various factors, such as hardware infrastructure or model characteristics, have to be considered. On the other hand, there is a wide variety of algorithms which address subproblems of parallel and distributed simulation and whose performance depends on the application at hand. We illustrate the resulting difficulties with respect to the development of parallel and distributed simulation systems and argue that the simulation of distributed simulation systems is a feasible approach to alleviate them. To illustrate this, we introduce SimSim, a sequential simulator that allows the simulation of parallel and distributed simulation systems. SimSim was used to develop a load balancing algorithm for the simulation of PDEVS models. The algorithm's performance is analysed using SimSim and the predicted performance is compared to the performance of its implementation in the simulation system James II.

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