Extensible Modeling and Simulation Framework (XMSF)
The Extensible Modeling and Simulation Framework (XMSF) is defined as a set of Web-based technologies, applied within an extensible framework, that enables a new generation of modeling & simulation (M&S) applications to emerge, develop and interoperate.
Specific subject areas for XMSF include (a) Web/XML, (b) Internet/networking and (c) modeling & simulation (M&S).
Web Services provide the best technical approach and the best business strategy for large-scale progress.
Partner institutions leading the research & development of XMSF are listed as follows. The XMSF People page lists XMSF partner investigators and staff.
Primary sponsors to date include
Please contact us if you are interested in further sponsorship or collaboration opportunities.
We are now presenting multiple XMSF-enabled projects that support Web Services for modeling & simulation (M&S).
The following presentations were given at the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium, NPS 22-24 June 2004.
Also available (firewall-protected resource): WCM bugzilla bug tracker.
Technical Report: XMSF Basis. XMSF 2002 Findings and Recommendations Report: Technical Challenges Workshop and Strategic Opportunities Symposium. Don Brutzman and Mike Zyda NPS, Mark Pullen GMU, and Katherine L. Morse SAIC. 22 October 2002. 52 pages.
For convenient reading:
|Monday December 2nd, 1300-1500||Tutorial: X3D and Virtual Environments for the Web by Don Brutzman and Curt Blais. Room 209 A-C. Continuing-education credit offered by IITSEC to course participants. Included 4-minute demo presentations by several prominent X3D companies: Planet 9 Studios, VCom3D and Yumetech.|
|Monday December 2nd, 1300-1500||Introduction to DoD/Military Simulations by Mikel D. Petty, CAPT John A. Sokolowski, USN (Ret.) and Andreas Tolk|
|Monday December 2nd, 1400-1800 and daily through Thursday December 5, 1500 close.||Exhibits Open, Booth 120 NPS and Booth 1340 DMSO. Halls A4-B3, Level Two.|
|Tuesday December 3rd and Wednesday December 4th, 1800-1900||XMSF Early-Adopter Collaboration Opportunities. "Government" Room 307CD.|
|Wednesday December 4th, 0630.||IITSEC Fun Run, The Pointe Orlando (opposite Convention Center).|
|Wednesday December 4th 1530-1700||Runner-up for Best Paper Award: Emerging Web-Based 3D Graphics for Education and Experimentation, Curtis Blais, Don Brutzman, Jeffrey Weekley, and LT James Harney USN, Naval Postgraduate School. Session EC-5, Room 304 G-H.|
|Thursday December 5nd, 1500.||Exhibits Close.|
The initial XMSF Technical Challenges Workshop was organized to examine the following proposal: whether Web-based technologies might be applied for all forms of Modeling & Simulation.
The workshop was held 19-20 August 2002 at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, just prior to the NPS MOVES Open House.
The Workshop Agenda (.pdf), early-draft Workshop White Paper and Workshop Participants list our goals, methodology and attendees.
The following briefings and white papers were presented.
|Speakers||Point paper contributions|
|Don Brutzman, NPS||Workshop welcome, plan of action|
|Don Brutzman, NPS||Moderator: Group discussion report|
|Mike Bailey, TECOM/MCMSMO||Marine Corps Modeling & Simulation Issues|
|Erik Chaum, NUWC||NATO Trilogy: Shared Operational Context brief and Transformation Cornerstone: Operational Context paper|
|Rob Glidden, Sun Microsystems||Web Services|
|David Kwak, MITRE||IT/Web Technologies integration to DOD M&S, and Its Future Direction|
|Francisco Loaiza, IDA||Web-Based Simulation|
|Chenghui Luo, Fraunhofer CRCG||XMSF Security: XML and DRM Issues|
|Ed Sims, VCom3D||Humanoid animation, SEDRIS, ADL SCORM, and Speech Application Programmer's Interface XML (SAPI-XML) Markup,|
|Andreas Tolk, ODU||Avoiding another Green Elephant – A Proposal for the Next Generation HLA based on the Model Driven Architecture|
|Phil Zimmerman, DMSO||GameBoy Composability|
|Mark Pullen, GMU||Moderator: Group discussion report|
|Rusty Baldwin, AFIT/ENG||Communication systems modeling|
|Scott Bradner, Harvard||IP transport|
|Suleyman Guleyupoglu, NRL||Collaborative Engineering Enterprise|
|MAJ Dave Laflam USA, AMSO||Networking needs for Army knowledge portal|
|Sue Numrich, DMSO||Large-scale M&S network strategies|
|Norbert Schiffner, Fraunhofer CRCG||Communication Framework for XMSF|
|Marcello Zuffo, University of São Paulo, Brazil||XML Opportunities in Real Time Immersive Simulation & Visualization Based on Clusters of Commodity Computers|
|Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Group|
|Katherine L. Morse, SAIC||Moderator: Group discussion report|
|Steve Carson, GSC Associates||ISO, SEDRIS position paper on key challenges|
|Paul Diefenbach, OpenWorlds||Advanced 3D graphics rendering|
|Niki Deliman Goerger, TRAC/ERDC||Terrain and land environmental databases|
|Alan Hudson and Justin Couch, Yumetech||Interoperable Media Player Toolkit (IMP)|
|Cristina Russo Dos Santos, Eurecom and University of Toulon, France||Supporting Web-based Modeling and Simulation|
|Kalyan S. Perumalla, Georgia Tech||Time mechanisms and services|
|Mikel D. Petty, ODU (unable to attend)||
Semantic Composability and XMSF.
Slides: Two Aspects of Composability: Lexicon and Theory
|Dick Puk, Intelligraphics Inc.||Expanding the Role of Simulation|
|Sanjeev Trika, Intel||Key Opportunities for Web-based Modeling and Simulation|
The XMSF Strategic Opportunities Symposium 2002 was organized to report back the successful results of the XMSF Technical Challenges Workshop. We asked key program managers and warfighter advocates to present their views on the strategic opportunities provided by XMSF.
The Symposium was held 6 September 2002 at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax Virginia.
The Symposium Agenda and Symposium Announcement (.pdf) list our goals, methodology and attendees. Also available: Symposium Attendees.
The following Symposium briefings were presented in response to the XMSF Technical Challenges Workshop report.
|Speakers||Presentation Contributions||Video presentations|
|Dr. Anita Jones, UVA||Keynote: Modeling & Simulation Technologies and the Web||Jones video|
Don Brutzman, Mark Pullen, Katherine L. Morse, Mike Zyda
|XMSF Overview and Technical Workshop Report||
|Rob Glidden, Sun Microsystems||Web Services||Glidden video|
|Sanjeev Trika, Intel||XMSF using Web Technologies: An Authoring Perspective||Trika video|
|Philip V.W. Dodds, ADL||Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL): SCORM and beyond||Dodds video|
|Walt Zimmers, DTRA||DoD's Homeland Defense Role and Web-Based M&S||Zimmers video|
|Mike Bailey, TECOM/MCMSMO||Trends in Technical Support to Training 2003-2008||Bailey video|
|Dennis K. McBride, Potomac Institute||A "Warfighter" Perspective|
|Dana Paterson, NAVAIR||Web-Based Modeling and Simulation: Understanding and Dealing With Complexity in FORCEnet|
|Phil Zimmerman, DMSO||XMSF and Enabling DoD M&S Capability||Zimmerman video|
|MAJ David Laflam USA, AMSO||Training Exercises and Military Operations (TEMO) Perspective on XMSF||Laflam video|
|Steve Swenson, NUWC/NAVMSMO||Navy Modeling and Simulation||Swenson video|
|Alan Murashige, HQ USAF XIW||Warfighter Interoperability||Murashige video|
|David Drake, SAIC||A Security Approach to XMSF|
The XMSF Early Adopters Workshop was held February 7 2003 at the SAIC Towers Conference Center, McLean Virginia. Agenda and Workshop Announcement (.pdf) list our goals, methodology and attendees. From the agenda:
The primary goal of the Early Adopters' Workshop is to commence collaborative activities on XMSF implementations. The Workshop will be informational and will serve to bootstrap new activities. Attendees are encouraged to prepare short briefings on programs that will benefit from XMSF, and technology and technology applications suitable for inclusion in XMSF. The focus of the Workshop is on getting early XMSF implementations into prototypes for future systems.
|Dr. Katherine L. Morse||XMSF Development Strategies||Introduction Powerpoint|
|Capt. Mike Lilienthal (Director DMSO)||Keynote: XMSF and the Road Ahead||Road Powerpoint|
|Morse, Pullen, Brutzman||Progress to Date: Videos of I/ITSEC Exemplar Demos||Progress Powerpoint|
|Dr. Andreas Tolk, Mr. John Daly, Major Lynda Myers USAF||C4I/Simulation Interoperation Momentum||Momentum Powerpoint|
|Morse, Pullen, Tolk, Brutzman||Liaison and Partnership: Getting Involved||Liaison Powerpoint|
|Rob Glidden (Sun), Don Brutzman||Shared Content Server Resource Planning||Discussion|
|Gene Layman, John Daly||C4I Apps Utilizing Embedded Simulation Infrastructure||C4I Apps Powerpoint|
|Zyda, Brutzman, Morse, Pullen, Tolk||Early Adoption Opportunities||Opportunities Powerpoint|
|Paul Gustafson||Base Object Models (BOMs): Composable, Reusable Model Components||BOMs Powerpoint|
|Lynda D. Myers||Net-Centric Enterprise Systems (NCES)||NCES Powerpoint|
|Norman Badler, Jan Allbeck, Matt Beitler, Kathy Feng, Honghui Lu||Extending XMSF with a Parameterized Action Representation for Agent Behaviors||Point paper|
|Andreas Tolk||Network Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) and XMSF Possibilities||NCES and XMSF Powerpoint|
Three dozen people met 15 May 2003 to discuss XMSF approaches to a joint-forces exercise this summer. Dr. Andreas Tolk (atolk at odu.edu) served as host.
|Andreas Tolk||Welcome and Schedule|
|Don Brutzman and Katherine L. Morse (intro section)||XMSF Overview, Progress Examples and Exercise Planning|
|Phil Zimmerman||Composable Mission Space Environments (CMSE)|
|Mark Pullen, George Mason University
LTC Ken Wilson, Army Model and Simulation Office Michael Hieb, ALION Science & Technology Andreas Tolk, Old Dominion University
|XMSF C4I Testbed|
|Andreas Tolk, Katherine Morse and Don Brutzman||XDV: XMSF Distributive Continuous Experimentation Environment (DCEE) Viewer|
|Katherine L. Morse||Simulation Assisted Learning Using HLA and ADL|
(brutzman at nps.navy.mil)
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