"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
- Walt Disney
- Do you think is possible to connect a driver-less car into a virtual city to experiment without any physical risk?
- Do you think is it possible to train robotic surgery operations connecting nursing and surgery teams dispersed geographically?
- Do you think is it possible to keep the proficiency of a pilot using training applications located in the Cloud?
- Do you think we could reduce defense and security budgets and improve the operational readiness of the forces by substituting live training by virtual training using low-cost simulations distributed in the Network?
All cases are possible by embracing the Internet of Simulations. IoS is the next revolution of modeling & simulation technologies. IoS is about to embrace technologies as internet, distributed systems, open platforms, cloud computing and service oriented architectures for the development and deployment of digital models and simulations. IoS is about the evolution of the simulation products and solutions from their proprietary and stovepipe architectures, designed to work standalone, to Net-Centric, open and interoperable solutions ready to connect and collaborate with smart systems.
IoS allows to deploy the models and simulations as services in the Cloud, enabling new business models as M&S as a Service (MSaaS), Simulation Platforms as a Service (SPaaS) or Web based Training (WBT). These new business models will expand the scope of application for simulations, making them accessible to more people and organizations. Till now, even when costs for simulation systems have decreased in this century, high-fidelity simulation is still expensive, difficult to develop, operate and maintain, therefore only available for large organizations, as big manufacturers for virtual prototyping, or airlines and military forces for virtual training.
A new generation of simulations solutions, fully compliant with IoS, will improve the way products are designed, manufactured and operated, enabling a simulation based engineering life cycle for all kind of industrial products.
Did you know that IoS will be a key lever to speed up the development of new products in the Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0's experts recognize that the capability to perform virtual prototyping and automation in manufacturing industries is critical as industries seek to reduce the time moving through each engineering phase.
To know more about how IoS can be leveraged in Industry 4.0 processes, click here.
Lead users in all kind of industries are already demanding simulators that can take full advantage of the Network and are fully interoperable. As an example, below you can read what lead users in the US DoD are requesting for their training systems.
The days of closed, proprietary architectures are over; complex integration for individual products is over. The F-35, like many legacy systems, is trying to undo some of the systems architectures from the past […] We are trying to create a more seamless, connected training environment. [..] Pentagon simply could not afford to develop stovepiped, closed training and simulation systems that cost a small fortune later on down the road to re-engineer for cross-platform interoperability
LTG. C. BOGDAN, USAF PEO FOR F35 JOINT PROGRAM OFFICE (I/ITSEC 2014 DAILY DIGEST)
The difference is in the Architecture
IoS requires a new "technology infrastructure", that allows to provide simulation services with a hybrid deployment, combining some components onsite and others on the cloud.
Our Simware platform is the leading networked technological infrastructure for IoS. It is providing the mechanisms to connect the simulators to the network and to share data between the publishers and subscribers or consumers of the data.
Simware leverages the Layered Simulation Architecture or LSA to provide to the developers and integrators of any kind of simulation solutions the first and only microservices architecture for simulation in the market, specifically designed to support the development of real time and Net-Centric simulation products as the integration of many small and easily manageable components.
Simulators can leverage Simware platform to evolve to smart devices that can connect to others in the network through the platform to improve their capabilities.
Simware provides a data-centric architecture to enable the co-simulation concept, connecting heterogeneous simulations from different tools in a common simulation data-space.