Simulation Modeling for Analysis

Simulation & ModelingSituation evolution is often far too complex to be parsed by analytical models, so simulation models for analysis have become the standard for the DoD. Traditionally, such simulation models are extremely costly and time-consuming to formulate so component-based simulation design is important. MOVES is on the cutting edge of component-based simulation modeling for analysis, especially in the work on Event Graph methodology for Discrete Event Simulation (DES) components as well as loosely-coupled design principles. Work is also ongoing in conjunction with agent-based methodologies to produce models that have the benefits of multiple world views. Since simulation models do not provide closed-form solutions, as with analytic models, further statistical analysis is necessary to extract the important information from the model. MOVES has partnered with the SEED Center in developing new and efficient experimental designs, and SEED Center advances are utilized to enhance the efficiency of simulation model analysis.

Software products include:

  • Simkit, a Java-based discrete  event simulation engine (Simkit is the simulation engine used in COMBAT XXI)
  • Viskit, a visual tool for creating DES components visually
  • JDAFS, an entity-level combat model using Simkit developed for U.S. Army TRAC
  • ASC-U, a scheduling model for UAVs

Sample projects include:

  • Tunnel detection and interdiction modeling and analysis (for TRAC and CBP)
  • US Navy Fleet Scheduling model to incorporate random contingencies (for US OPNAV N81)

POC: Arnold Buss