During the last five years I have been roaming around the world speaking about distributed simulation. During that time, I have found common desires but also common frustrations. M&S community wants to build nets of simulators in an easy and fast way and; like everybody says “there are no technical issues” for doing that. But reality is that the process of building simulators is never easy or fast. After all this years in the development of standards and architectures, M&S people still have to care about the small details and they never really fit at the first try. Real process is painful and the results are never adequate. Building simulators and specially nets of simulators is still an adventure and a “one time effort”.
In fact, what bothers me more is that people in the M&S industry assume these facts with resignation: that they simply won´t get what they really need for building or connecting simulators.
Thinking about the issue, I have written a small paper I want to share with you. Nothing in this paper is fiction, but hard reality. Also, I recommend reading it without prejudice, the objective of this paper is not trying to discredit or despise standards and architectures in use. These standards and architectures work ok (in certain scenarios) and has been an enormous help in building M&S constellation of simulators. But, like all standards, they have limits and problems difficult to solve.
Posted by Jose-Ramon Martinez. Presales Director at Simware.
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