A layered architecture for the model-driven development of distributed simulators

TitleA layered architecture for the model-driven development of distributed simulators
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGianni, D., Andrea D'Ambrogio, and G. Iazeolla
EditorJ., Molnar S. Heath
Conference NameSIMUTools 2008 - 1st International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems
ISBN Number9789639799233
KeywordsComputational linguistics, Computer networks, Computer simulation languages, Development methodology, Distributed computer systems, Distributed simulations, Execution environments, HLA, Model driven development, Network architecture, Network simulation, Queueing networks, Simulation architecture, Simulation framework, Simulators
AbstractThe development of a distributed simulator requires knowledge and skills that might be unavailable or difficult to acquire. Bringing model-driven approaches to the development of distributed simulators contributes to reduce both the need for specific skills and the development effort. To support this innovative development methodology, we introduce a layered simulation architecture named SimArch that allows to define simulation models that can be transparently transformed into simulation programs ready to be executed in a distributed (or local) mode. SimArch defines layers of services at increasing levels of abstraction on top of the execution environment, thus allowing developers to build distributed simulators without explicit knowledge about the execution environment (local/distributed) and the specific distributed simulation infrastructure (e.g., HLA). In order to show the effectiveness of the proposed approach, SimArch has been provided with an Extended Queueing Network (EQN) simulation language, which has been applied to the development of an example distributed simulator in the computer network domain. Copyright © 200F ICST 978-963-9799-20-2.