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Introduction to distributed interactive simulation
Author(s): Margaret L. Loper
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Paper Abstract

During the past five years, Workshops on Standards for the Interoperability of Distributed Simulations have provided the forum for establishing standards for networking dissimilar simulations to create virtual worlds in which many subjects can interact. These virtual worlds can be used for training individuals, testing equipment, prototyping products, research and development or any application involving the interaction of groups of people in a common synthetic environment. The Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) Vision document1 produced by the workshop describes the domain of interest as follows.

"The primary mission of DIS is to define an infrastructure for linking simulations of various types at multiple locations to create realistic, complex, virtual "worlds" for the simulation of highly interactive activities. This infrastructure brings together system built for separate purposes, technologies from different eras, products from various vendors, and platforms from various services and permits them to interoperate. DIS exercises are intended to support a mixture of virtual entities (human-in-the-loop simulators), live entities (operational platforms and test and evaluation systems), and constructive entities (wargames and other automated simulations)."

Not only must DIS achieve interoperabilty among different simulations and simulation domains, it must also attain interoperability among different physical and behavioral representations of the environment, establish a means to manage these virtual worlds, and use communication networks to link them together.

As the power and potential to create robust Distributed Interactive Simulation environments gains recognition, the need for establishing standards for the implementation of these principles grows dramatically. The following paper will discuss the DIS standards development effort by describing the standards infrastructure and the process by which standards are created.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 April 1995
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10280, Distributed Interactive Simulation Systems for Simulation and Training in the Aerospace Environment: A Critical Review, 1028002 (19 April 1995);
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Margaret L. Loper, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10280:
Distributed Interactive Simulation Systems for Simulation and Training in the Aerospace Environment: A Critical Review
Thomas L. Clarke, Editor(s)

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