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PRELIMINARY AGENDA 2000 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop Sponsored by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization The Holiday Inn International Drive Orlando, FL March 26 - 31, 2000 You are invited to participate in the 2000 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop (SIW). The SIW is a semiannual event encompassing a broad range of model and simulation issues, applications, and communities. The Workshop consists of a series of Forums addressing interoperability issues and proposed solutions; tutorials on state-of-the-art methodologies, tools, and techniques; and exhibits displaying the latest technological advances. The individual Forums enable M&S user and technical communities to meet, share ideas and experiences, identify ways to make distributed simulation more effective and efficient, and support the development of appropriate interoperability standards. The Forums also provide opportunities for practitioners of distributed simulations using legacy systems to share insights and experiences related to the process of migrating into the High Level Architecture (HLA) world. Additional information about the background and organization of the workshop can be obtained at the SISO web site: SUNDAY AFTERNOON -- TUTORIAL SESSIONS SISO`s ``day before`` tutorial program (held on Sunday, March 26, 1:00 - 5:00 PM EST) consists of three parallel sessions. A $50 fee will be assessed for those registering for a tutorial to cover the costs of materials, equipment, facilities, and refreshments. Tutorial sessions include: (1) HLA Federation Development and Execution Process (FEDEP) and Supporting Tools This tutorial consists of two two-hour blocks: Part A. Federation Development and Execution Process and Supporting Tools (Scott Karabin and Jake Borah, AEgis) Part B. Tools to Help Plan, Test and Configure Your Federation for Performance (Scott Karabin, AEgis) The first part of this tutorial focuses on the HLA Federation Development and Execution Process (FEDEP) Model. It is designed to introduce users and developers of distributed simulation applications to the set of activities that are necessary to build HLA federations, and to the interrelationships between these activities. It also provides an introduction to the HLA Tool Architecture, and illustrates how both commercial and DMSO-sponsored tools may be used to automate many different aspects of federation development. The second part of the tutorial focuses on the growing capabilities of the HLA Object Model Tool Suite. It includes use of the Object Model Development Tool (OMDT) to complete Federation Object Models (FOMs) and Simulation Object Models (SOMs) compliant with the HLA Object Model Template (OMT). Participants will also learn how to use key features of the Object Model Library (OML) to search for and upload/download HLA object models, and how to use the Object Model Data Dictionary System (OMDDS) to identify standards-based components for constructing FOMs and SOMs. (2) Creating Distributed Models and Simulations in DEVS/HLA (Bernard Zeigler and Hessam Sarjoughian, Univ. Arizona; Thomas Lake, InterGlossa, Ltd.) It is well recognized that a standardized simulation infrastructure is necessary but not sufficient for industrial-strength acquisition-to-test environments. The Discrete-Event System Specification (DEVS) is a framework enabling large-scale, distributed system modeling and simulation. The existing implementation of DEVS/HLA in C++ provides a modeling layer to support HLA-compliant simulation. We describe each of these frameworks, their relationships to each other and how their union can provide a generic, distributed M&S environment enabling interoperable distributed simulation. Specifically, we describe the fully integrated DEVS/HLA compliant modeling and simulation environment (i.e., architecture and implementation) and its operation. (3) SPEEDES - Synchronous Parallel Environment for Emulation and Discrete-Event Simulation (Jeff Steinman, Metron) SPEEDES is a government-owned, NASA-patented, optimistic simulation framework that is currently supporting several large DoD simulation projects including the Joint Simulation System (core infrastructure for the enterprise), Wargame 2000 (modeling framework), and the High-Performance Computing Modernization Office (HLA on high-performance computers). A government body, called the Parallel Discrete Event Simulation (PDES) User`s Group, has recently been formed to help standardize the framework and share development costs. This tutorial covers the fundamentals of SPEEDES at a conceptual level. Topics include - Optimistic time management, with an emphasis on the flow-control mechanisms that ensure run-time stability in an interactive environment. - The internal design of SPEEDES - The SPEEDES Modeling Framework - SPEEDES and the High-Level Architecture. MONDAY MORNING -- SPECIAL SESSIONS Newcomer`s Orientation The Newcomer`s Orientation is designed for those who have not previously attended a SISO Simulation Interoperability Workshop. The session`s goal is to help the new attendee gain maximum benefit from the Workshop and from participation in SISO. In this session, we describe the structure of the Workshop, the overall organization of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, how it works and how to participate in it, and an overview of the DoD High Level Architecture. This session includes much of the ``Introduction to the DoD High Level Architecture (HLA) for Modeling and Simulation`` material presented as a Sunday afternoon tutorial at previous Workshops. If this is your first Workshop, this is where you should be on Monday morning. Federation Performance The efficiency and effectiveness of Federation performance is a critical issue for many applications of interest to the SISO community. This session will focus on issues such as * metrics for characterizing the performance of individual Federates, composite Federations, and Run-Time Infrastructures in various applications . * scalability of Federation performance with Federation size and complexity. * experiences and ``lessons learned`` from groups who have built and optimized sizeable Federations for practical applications. Synthetic Environment Data Representation and Interchange Specification (SEDRIS) The Synthetic Environment Data Representation and Interchange Specification (SEDRIS) is a mechanism for representing the natural environment data found in a variety of simulation and non-simulation applications. SEDRIS allows for the representation of the ocean, the ocean bottom, and ocean features (both natural and man-made); terrain and terrain features (both natural and man-made); 3-D models of vehicles, personnel, and other objects; the atmosphere, including environmental phenomena; and near space. One of the SEDRIS objectives is to provide a mechanism for the unambiguous interchange of environmental data for every type of simulation application. This session will focus on an overview of key SEDRIS technologies. It will provide attendees with a tutorial on SEDRIS fundamentals, a brief status report on project activities, and highlights of standardization efforts, including a report on several stand-alone components of SEDRIS technology which are being proposed as SISO and ISO standards. Additional SEDRIS-related papers will be presented in other SIW Forums, including the Environment Track Forums. Presenters will include Farid Mamaghani, Paul Foley, and Paul Birkel. SISO Standards Activities Committee Status Report The Standards Activities Committee will present an overview of the SAC section (Section 5) of the revised SISO Policies and Procedures, including categories of SISO Products, the Product Development Handbook, and interactions with ANSI H3. Product Development Group briefings will be presented for the RPR FOM and Environmental Products. There will probably also be announcments of the establishment of some new SISO Study Groups. Note: a report on the status of the IEEE 1516 Standards, now undergoing final ballot resolution, will be presented at the SISC meeting on Wednesday evening. MONDAY AFTERNOON -- PLENARY SESSION Plenary speakers will include BG William L. Bond, Commanding General, STRICOM Brigadier General Bond assumed command of the Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command in Orlando, Florida, in September 1998. Previously, he served as Director, Army Digitization Office, OCSA; as Special Projects Officer to the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition; and as Special Assistant to Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Reform) in January 1996. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, The Joint Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. Col. Kenneth C. ``Crash`` Konwin, Director, Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO) Colonel Konwin became the Director for the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO), Alexandria, VA, in May 1998. He previously served as Deputy Director of DMSO. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director for Operational Requirements and Chief, Modeling, Simulation, & Analysis for the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, Arlington, VA. He has also completed tours as a space and strategic defense operations analyst on the Joint Staff and was Campaign Analysis Division Chief and then Chief Analyst for the Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency in the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Colonel Konwin is a senior pilot with over 2000 hours flight time in T-41, T-37, and T-38s. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. Simon Mepham, UK Ministry of Defence Synthetic Environments Coordination Office (SECO) Simon Mepham joined the Ministry of Defence at the Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough in 1974. He spent the first part of his career undertaking computer modelling and live experiments in aerodynamics and control systems, and later on modelling of targeting systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He was responsible for a research programme on laser designators which was put into service during the Gulf War. In 1991 he moved to MOD headquarters to take up duties as technical staff officer to Deputy Chief Scientist (Research and Technology), during which time he was responsible for early work on Synthetic Environments in the UK sense. He moved to establish a new organisation called the Centre for Defence Analysis and later formed the Wargaming and Simulation Centre within CDA. He was named Assistant Director (Synthetic Environments) in 1996. He currently heads MOD`s SE coordination office, where he is responsible for the development of policy and plans for SE application and research. MONDAY EVENING -- ``VIRTUAL TRACK`` KICKOFFS The following topics are being presented in multiple Forums on multiple days. In the final Workshop Agenda, we will highlight specific sessions related to each of these areas so that interested participants can follow a ``virtual track`` through the Workshop. We will try to avoid conflicts between these sessions and closely related topics. Each Virtual Track will lead off with a Monday evening session that will summarize the main topics, present one or more ``keynote`` papers, and set forth agenda of sessions for the following days. Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA) This Virtual Track focuses on ongoing SBA developments, issues, lessons learned, economic benefits, and emerging markets. Sessions will focus on * Overview and status of the SBA Roadmap. * SBA Architecture - Organizing and implementing simulation systems to support acquisition decisions across phases and programs including reuse and interoperability. * Virtual prototyping - Testing and Evaluation of technology, product and system performance in distributed simulations. * Existing and proposed collaborative environments in acquisition. * Distributed Product Description (DPD) development and Smart Product Models. * Interfaces and standards that facilitate sharing models and data between government and industry. * Emerging standards and interoperability challenges. * Cultural, organizational, and environmental SBA issues. Simulation Interoperability Through Components (SITC) This Virtual Track addresses the use of component technology to support simulation interoperability. The goal of this effort is to illuminate the use of components over the whole simulation life cycle, from the federation requirements, through federation design, to implementation. Sessions will address * Component frameworks for supporting simulation interoperability, including extensions to current frameworks and simulation interoperability standards to support component technology. * Components for simulation design, including Base Object Models (BOMs), and characterization of design components (including metadata). * Components for simulation implementations. * Management issues associated with simulation component use, including simulation component repositories, VV&A and testing issues, and tool support. NON-HLA Applications SIW recognizes that many distributed simulations use different types of interoperability protocols. Some of these include the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocols of IEEE Standard 1278, Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), Web-based simulations, entertainment oriented protocols, future interoperability protocols, etc. This Virtual Track is intended to help those using these Non-HLA protocols to share experiences and/or their applications. TUESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON -- USER COMMUNITY FORUMS User Community Forums focus on topics that span specialty areas and are of broad interest to users within a particular area of M&S application. User Community Forums include * Analysis Forum (ANL), which focuses on the use of distributed models and simulations for analysis applications. * Research, Development, and Engineering Forum (RDE), which is concerned with the evaluation of alternative designs and research concepts as well as supporting specific engineering decisions within the RDE community. * Test and Evaluation Forum (TE), which focuses on comparing the performance of a system or its components with the physical, technical, and operational performance requirements to reduce risk in acquisition and employment of the system. * Small Team Training Forum (STT), which focuses on the planning, management, requirements, and use of simulations to provide individual, sub-team, and team training to system operators, team leaders, tactical decision makers, and other hands-on users. * Staff-Level Training Forum (SLT), which focuses on command and staff training (wargaming, ``battle staff`` training, strategic/theater planning, etc.), and on supporting representation of decision-making methodologies. TUESDAY EVENING -- INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM REPORTS Following an informal reception hosted by members of the international SISO community, the International Session provides everyone the opportunity to hear and learn about goals, achievements, and issues arising from programs and projects outside the U.S. Presentations for this session are selected to provide the widest possible cross section of activities, with special emphasis on programs involving two or more nations. WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY -- SPECIALTY AREA FORUMS Specialty Area Forums bring together specialists from different communities to discuss issues of simulation interoperability and component reuse. The Specialty Area Forums are organized into five Tracks. INFRASTRUCTURE TRACK * The Run-Time Infrastructure and Communications Forum (RTI) focuses on issues related to the HLA Runtime Infrastructure (RTI), including RTI services, RTI performance characterization, and RTI ``middleware.`` * The Live Interaction Forum (LIVE) which is co-administered by the C4ISR Track, addresses issues concerned with the interaction of live entities in interoperable simulations. ENVIRONMENT TRACK * The Simulated Natural Environment Forum (SNE) is concerned with the common representation of the land, ocean, atmosphere, surf zone and space environment in interoperable simulations. * The Sensor Forum (SENS), which is co-administered by the C4ISR Track, serves as a bridge between environmental and mission/system-related areas, focusing on issues of interoperability, fidelity, and correlation for sensor simulations. FEDERATION DEVELOPMENT TRACK * The Federation Development Process Forum (PROC) focuses on the Federation development and execution life-cycle process. * The Exercise Management Forum (EMF) discusses tools for automating the Federation Development in areas such as exercise planning, initialization, monitoring, data collection, analysis, and after-action review. * The Verification, Validation & Accreditation Forum (VV&A) deals with issues of credibility and appropriate use related to federation development and application. * The Testing Forum (TEST) addresses techniques, tools, drivers, and methodologies for testing as they apply to HLA, SISO Standards, the transition of legacy simulations to SISO standards, and the development of new federates and federations. C4ISR TRACK * The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Forum is concerned with the interoperability of simulations which represent command and control, communications, and intelligence, with particular interest in the issues associated with the interoperability of simulations with real-world, operational C4I systems. * The new Information Operations (IO) - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Proto-Forum is concerned with the interoperability of simulations which represent (1) both the defensive and offensive aspects of Information Operations, to include Infrastructure Assurance, and (2) intelligence collection, processing, exploitation, production and dissemination, to include the various different intelligence disciplines (IMINT, SIGINT, HUMINT, etc.), including representations at the national, strategic, operational, and tactical military levels, as well as non-military and commercial sources of intelligence. * The Sensor Forum (SENS), which is co-administered by the Environment Track, focuses on the use of sensors for navigation, search and target acquisition, reconnaissance, surveillance, intelligence, emissions tracking, IR search and tracking, fire control and missile systems (detection, warning, and design) and guidance. * The Live Interaction Forum (LIVE) which is co-administered by the Infrastructure Track, addresses issues concerned with the interaction of live entities in interoperable simulations. APPLICATIONS TRACK * The Federation Implementers` Forum (IMPL) addresses the resources, processes, and issues encountered in developing Federates and Federations. IMPL`s focus is on implementation level details (i.e., how does it work, how is it used, how can it be improved). * The Vehicle/Weapon System Modeling Forum (VWS) focuses on the development and reuse of vehicle/weapon system simulations, including manned and unmanned weapons which operate in space, air, ground, and sea environments. * The Human Decision-Making and Behavior Representation Forum (BEH) is concerned with the representation of human behaviors in models and simulations. Issues range from providing appropriate interfaces to live humans acting as entities in a simulation to automating human decision-making processes at all levels. * The Logistics Forum (LOG) focuses on issues related to all aspects of logistics, including representations at the national, strategic, operational, and tactical military levels, as well as non-military and commercial logistics. WEDNESDAY EVENING - SIMULATION INTEROPERABILITY STANDARDS COMMITTEE On Wednesday evening, the third official meeting of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Committee will take place. The SISC is officially a committee under the IEEE Computer Society. A formal announcement of this meeting and the agenda to be followed will be posted shortly. During the meeting, the current IEEE standard efforts will be discussed, as well as other SISC-related business. STUDY GROUP SESSIONS The Fidelity Experimentation Implementation Study Group (FEX-ISG) plans a special session on Wednesday evening to discuss experiences in applying the fidelity framework published in 99S-SIW-167 to current simulation challenges, and suggestions for extending or revising this framework. Individuals with an interest in developing practical, objective, and quantifiable fidelity assessment techniques are encouraged to participate. The Study Group on C4I Interfaces also plans a working session on Wednesday evening. Please check the final Workshop Agenda for changes in, or additions to, the Study Group Sessions. Formation of two other Study Groups is currently under consideration. TECHNICAL EXHIBITS AND DEMONSTRATIONS Throughout the week, several organizations will provide exhibits and demonstrations of materials, software, and equipment relevant to distributed simulation applications. The exhibit/demonstration area will be open during the lunch breaks each day and from late afternoon to early evening. FRIDAY MORNING -- OUTBRIEF SESSION The Friday morning Outbrief Session is presented by the Chairs of each Forum, summarizing the key points raised and insights reached in each Forum. Each Forum also makes specific recommendations for future SISO Workshops and Standards activities. This session provides an excellent overview of the current state of the art and major issues in simulation interoperability. We strongly encourage all participants to attend this final session. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS. The Workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn, International Drive, Orlando, FL. NOTE: all hotel reservations will be handled through IEEE Travel and Conference Management Services rather than directly with the hotel. The special conference rate is $88/night. A government rate is also available for a limited number of rooms. Proof of status will be required to obtain the government rate. Make your reservations on line at the SISO web site at or by contacting ICMS at 1-800-810-4333 (in the U.S. or Canada), +732-981-3414 (outside the U.S. or Canada), by faxing your request to 732-465-6447, or by emailing it to <[log in to unmask]>. A registration form is below, or may be downloaded from the SISO Web site at Please note that the early registration deadline is February 16th. DOD PARTICIPATION. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has reviewed the plans for this Workshop and issued the following determination: ``The Department of Defense finds this event meets the minimum regulatory standards for attendance by DoD employees. This finding does not constitute a blanket approval or endorsement for attendance. Individual DoD Component commands or organizations are responsible for approving attendance of its DoD employees based on mission requirements and DoD regulations.`` CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Duncan Miller (Chair) MIT Lincoln Lab Sam Knight (Vice Chair) Raytheon Susan Solick (Secretary) TRADOC Analysis Center Ron Hofer Univ. Central Florida IST Joe Lacetera MSTI Kimberly Neff TRW Dan Schiavone Ball Aerospace Rick Severinghaus Booz Allen and Hamilton Graham Shanks Alenia Marconi Systems John Shockley SRI International Bill Tucker Boeing Michael Myjak (SAC Vice Chair) The Virtual Workshop --------------------------------------------------------------------------- SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY MAGAZINE Don`t forget to read SISO`s quarterly Simulation Technology Magazine on-line at Back issues may be accessed from the link at the bottom of the magazine`s front page. 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