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Title: Developing a grid computing system for commercial-off-the-shelf simulation packages
Authors: Wood, C
Kite, S
Taylor, S J E
Mustafee, N
Keywords: Simulation Modelling;Grid Computing;Flexsim Simulation Software;COTS Simulation Package;Witness Simulation Software;Simulation Experimentation
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Proceedings of the Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop 2010 (SW10), Worcestershire, March 2010. pp. 184-191
Abstract: Today simulation is becoming an increasingly pervasive technology across major business sectors. Advances in COTS Simulation Packages and Commercial Simulation Software have made it easier for users to build models, often of large complex processes. These two factors combined are to be welcomed and when used correctly can be of great benefit to organisations that make use of the technology. However, it is also the case that users hungry for answers do not always have the time, or possibly the patience, to wait for results from multiple replications and multiple experiments as standard simulation practice would demand. There is therefore a need to support this advance in the use of simulation within today’s business with improved computing technology. Grid computing has been put forward as a potential commercial solution to this requirement. To this end, Saker Solutions and the Distributed Systems Research Group at Brunel University have developed a dedicated Grid Computing System (SakerGrid) to support the deployment of simulation models across a desktop grid of PCs. The paper identifies route taken to solve this challenging issue and suggests where the future may lie for this exciting integration of two effective but underused technologies.
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