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Johannes Schützel, Danhua Peng, Adelinde M Uhrmacher, and L. F Perrone (2014)

Perspectives on languages for specifying simulation experiments

In: Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 2836–2847, Piscataway, NJ, USA, IEEE Press. WSC '14.

Domain specific languages have been used in modeling and simulation as tools for model description. In recent years, the efforts toward enabling simulation reproducibility have motivated the use of domain specific languages also as the means with which to express experiment specifications. In simulation areas ranging from computational biology to computer networks, the emerging trend is to treat the experimentation process as a first class object. Domain specific languages serve to specify individual sub-tasks in this process, such as configuration, observation, analysis, and evaluation of experimental results. Additionally, they can be used in a broader scope, for instance, to describe formally the experiment's goals. The research and development of domain specific languages for experiment specification explores all of these and additional possible applications. In this paper, we discuss various existing approaches for defining this type of domain specific languages and present a critical analysis of our findings.

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