Posted on behalf of Bob Lutz ...

Two new Product Development Groups (PDGs) will be meeting at the
upcoming 2007 Spring SIW in Norfolk: the HLA Federation Development
and Execution Process (FEDEP) PDG, and the Generic Methodology for
Verification and Validation and Acceptance (GM -V&V) PDG. Their
Product Nominations (PNs) provide background information, planned
activities and timelines for the group, and a list of candidate
volunteers for the Product Development effort. We encourage you to
read the PNs and join the PDGs by subscribing to the respective
discussions; SAC-PDG-FEDEP and SAC-PDG-GM-VV*. To interact with a
discussion you must be registered with our site (para 3 below). Brief
information on each new PDG follows:

1. FEDEP PDG - The IEEE 1516 series of HLA specifications (Rules,
OMT, Interface Specification) together define a standard technical
architecture for the development of HLA federations. However, there
is much more to building HLA-based distributed simulation
environments than what is explicitly covered by the HLA
specifications. For instance, activities such as requirements
development, conceptual modeling, scenario development, and
integration and testing activities are all critical to the successful
development of an HLA federation, but are clearly outside of the
scope of the three core HLA specifications. Such guidance is
essential for orienting users of the HLA to the full range of
federation development activities that are required, how those
activities relate to one another, and how to make proper use of the
HLA specifications within the federation development process. The
original version of the HLA FEDEP was released in September 1996.
Since that time, there have been five new releases of the FEDEP
produced under DMSO sponsorship (the last in February 1998), and IEEE
1516.3 was approved 21 April 2003.

According to IEEE-SA Standards Board Operations Manual, SISO, as the
sponsor of IEEE-1516.3, is required to review the HLA FEDEP every
five years and determine the requirement to reaffirm, revise,
withdraw, or stabilize the product. According to the
SISO-ADM-003-2006, this review would normally be conducted by a
Product Support Group. In the absence of a Product Support Group for
this product, the proponents recommend the establishment of a Product
Development Group to conduct this review and manage resulting

This product is intended to serve several communities. First and
foremost, it is intended as a systems engineering framework for
technical teams that actively develop or modify HLA federations.
These technical teams can span a wide variety of domain areas (e.g.,
analysis, T&E training) and functional disciplines (e.g., VV&A, CM).
This framework can also be used by federation managers to plan the
scheduling and execution of the various tasks required to build
federations. Since most of the activities in the FEDEP are quite
generic, users of other distributed simulation methodologies (e.g.,
DIS, TENA) can also make effective use of the FEDEP framework.

Find the FEDEP Product Nomination in the PN list at
We strongly encourage those who worked on the earlier FEDEP efforts
to join the new work effort. Although the final schedule has NOT been
posted, the FEDEP PDG is tentatively scheduled to meet at the Spring
SIW in Norfolk VA on Thu, 29 Mar from 0830-1200.

2. GM V&V PDG - This product will provide the international community
with guidance for a generic V&V and Acceptance methodology for
models, simulations, and data. The product leverages and harmonizes
with the contributions from other national and international V&V and
Acceptance initiatives such as the current VV&A PDG (producing an
Overlay of the HLA FEDEP), the REVVA 1 and REVVA 2 projects, the V&V
International Test Operations Procedures (ITOP) Working Group, and
the VV&A Recommended Practices Guide. The proposed product includes
the following:
The User's Manual, which safely guides its users through
the V&V and Acceptance efforts and clarifies their responsibilities
by explaining how to apply the methodology in practice. It describes
the activities to perform and the products to produce, the
interactions taking place among those involved, the flow of products,
and how to tailor the methodology to the specific needs of the
Modeling and Simulation (M&S) project.
The Reference Manual documents the underlying concepts of
the methodology, including the foundations of the chosen terminology,
the explanation of the dependencies between activities and products,
their meaning for the V&V and Acceptance endeavour, and the rationale
for their execution and creation. The reference manual is referred to
whenever a deeper understanding of the methodology is required.
The Recommended Practices document provides user specific
guidance with regards to the selection and use of techniques and
tools in support of the User Manual. This will include domain
specific case studies thereby illustrating the application and
tailoring of the methodology.

Find the GM V&V Product Nomination in the PN list at
The GM V&V PDG is scheduled to meet at the Spring SIW in Norfolk, VA
on Fri, 30 Mar from 0800-1200.

*NOTE: The SAC-SG-GM-VV discussion was re-named SAC-PDG-GM-VV on
Mon, 5 Mar. Current subscribers and message traffic were retained.

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