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Distributed Simulation

1st Edition

By John A. Hamilton, David A. Nash, Udo W. Pooch

CRC Press

416 pages

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Hardback: 9780849325908
pub: 1997-03-12
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Simulation is a multi-disciplinary field, and significant simulation research is dispersed across multiple fields of study. Distributed computer systems, software design methods, and new simulation techniques offer synergistic multipliers when joined together in a distributed simulation. Systems of most interest to the simulation practitioner are often the most difficult to model and implement.

Distributed Simulation brings together the many complex technologies for distributed simulation. There is strong emphasis on emerging simulation methodologies, including object-oriented, multilevel, and multi-resolution simulation. Finally, one concise text provides a strong foundation for the development of high fidelity simulations in heterogeneous distributed computing environments!


"…practical guide to distributed simulation…This textbook provides a strong foundation for the development of high fidelity simulation in heterogeneous distributed computing environments."

--G. Ciobanasu, Zentralblatt MATH

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Simulation

Systems Analysis

Types of Data

Probability and Statistics

Random Variable Distributions

Continuous Distributions

Discrete Distributions

Statistical Inference

Random Sampling

Higher Order Moments and Moment Generating Functions

The Distribution of X

Confidence Intervals

Hypothesis Testing

Distribution Suitability

System Modeling



Verification and Validation


Distributed Systems

Overview of Parallel and Distributed Systems

Models for Distributed Systems and Services

Distributed Databases

Fault Tolerance in Distributed Systems

Implementing Distributed Systems

The Object-Oriented Paradigm

Fiction and Fact Almanac

Definition of Terms

Classic Object Oriented Methodologies

Applying O-O Designs to Distributed Systems

Resolution in Simulation

Resolution, Fidelity, and Model Simplification


Adjusting Resolution Dynamically

Modeling and Abstraction in Multilevel Simulation

Multilevel Abstraction

Aggregation and Deaggregation

Architectural Considerations

Environments and Languages for Distributed Simulation

Simulation Languages

General Purpose Languages

Distributed Simulation Considerations

Decomposition of a Simulation

Time, Clocks, and Synchronization

Logical Process Simulation

Enabling Technologies for Distributed Simulation

Network Simulation

Artificial Intelligence

Distributed Battlefield Simulation Design


Battlefield System Analysis

System Decomposition

Distributed Implementation

Employment of a Distributed Multilevel Simulation


Each Chapter also includes a Summary, Exercises, and References.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General