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Jan Himmelspach, Roland Ewald, and Adelinde M Uhrmacher (2008)

A flexible and scalable experimentation layer

In: Proceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, ed. by S.J. Mason and R.R. Hill and L. Moench and O. Rose, pp. 827-835, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Piscataway, New Jersey.

Modeling and simulation frameworks for use in different application domains, throughout the complete development process, and in different hardware environments need to be highly scalable. For achieving an efficient execution, different simulation algorithms and data structures must be provided to compute a concrete model on a concrete platform efficiently. The support of parallel simulation techniques becomes increasingly important in this context, which is due to the growing availability of multi-core processors and network-based computers. This leads to more complex simulation systems that are harder to configure correctly. We present an experimentation layer for the modeling and simulation framework JAMES II. It greatly facilitates the configuration and usage of the system for a user and supports distributed optimization, on-demand observation, and various distributed and non-distributed scenarios.