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Roland Ewald and Adelinde M Uhrmacher (2012)

Setting up Simulation Experiments with SESSL

Poster, , Winter Simulation Conference 2012.

Setting up simulation experiments is hard, even more so as simulation systems usually offer only custom interfaces for this task (e.g., a graphical user interface or a programming interface). This steepens the learning curve for experimenters, who have to get accustomed with the idiosyncrasy of each simulation system they want to experiment with. It also makes cross-validation experiments between simulation systems cumbersome, since the same experiment needs to be set up for each system from scratch. In the following, we give a brief overview of SESSL, a domain-specific language for simulation experiments. SESSL addresses these issues by providing a common interface to set up simulation experiments in a more declarative manner, i.e., specifying what to do, not how to do it. Therefore, SESSL can also be used for documenting and reproducing simulation experiments.

The poster is available here. Please see sessl.org for more details.