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New logistics protocols for distributed interactive simulation
Author(s): Darrin Taylor; John Morrison; Warren Katz; Erik Felton; Deborah Ann Herman
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Paper Abstract

In today's environment, the transportation and maintenance of military forces is nearly as important as combat operations. Rapid deployment to regions of low-intensity conflict will become a very common training scenario for the U.S. military. Thus it is desirable to apply distributed simulation technology to train logistics personnel in their combat support roles. Currently, distributed interactive simulation (DIS) only contains rudimentary logistics protocols. This paper introduces new protocols designed to handle the logistics problem. The Newtonian protocol takes a physics-based approach to modeling interactions on the simulation network. This protocol consists of a family of protocol data units (PDUs) which are used to communicate forces in different circumstances. The protocol implements a small set of physical relations. This represents a flexible and general mechanism to describe battlefield interactions between network entities. The migratory object protocol (MOP) family addresses the transfer of control. General mechanisms provide the means to simulate resupply, repair, and maintenance of entities at any level of abstraction (individual soldier to division). It can also increase the fidelity of mine laying, enable handover of weapons for terminal guidance, allow for the distribution of aggregate-level simulation entities, provide capabilities for the simulation of personnel, etc.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2495, Distributed Interactive Simulation Systems Applications, (13 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211836
Show Author Affiliations
Darrin Taylor, MaK Technologies, Inc. (United States)
John Morrison, MaK Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Warren Katz, MaK Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Erik Felton, MaK Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Deborah Ann Herman, MaK Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2495:
Distributed Interactive Simulation Systems Applications
John D. Illgen, Editor(s)

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