Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Blog for Simulation and Simulator Engineering

Software engineering community has always been that active in sharing what they do and what they know. There are more than dozens of very well known programming and software engineering blogs. One can easily list Joel on Software, Coding Horror, Martin Fowler at the first place. The simulation community, while has not been as good, there are some good blogs and web sites out there. When I hit the idea of maintaining a simulation and simulator engineering blog, I made a call from linkedin to list good M&S blogs and web sites. Here is the list we came up with:

At the first place, I was after, and still willing to have a collaborative blog. One very nice one from our sister domain gaming, I did a collaboration call from linkedin for this blog but failed to collect any interest. Here with this first post, I would like to welcome any simulation and simulator engineering fellow to contribute in this blog in which I would like to blog on technologies, advances and applications of simulation and simulator engineering. Just put an e-mail, add a comment and let me know that you would like to contribute to this blog.
There are couple of books from M&S community I like a lot. One is Simulation Engineering from Jim Ledin. Jim defines simulation engineering as applying engineering principles and techniques to develop valid, useful simulations of complex dynamic systems. Then he also adds another definition of simulation engineering as using simulations to engineer or say develop products. These definitions are really useful to define the scope of this blog. I would like have post about both of these definitions.
As we are discussing the definitions of simulation engineering, I would like to reference one of the best text that discusses this definition from Professor Tolk  and his colleagues, Do We Need M&S Science? . They define simulation engineering having its roots from academic foundations  named as simulation science but focuses on solution patterns that can be used to various simulation applications by which real world problems are solved. While this blog is named by engineering, its scope sometimes can be extended to simulation science.


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  2. An interesting discussion I've had with many colleagues at European conferences, which may also prove thought-provoking in this forum, is: "Is simulation in University more effectively taught using a programming language (e.g., C++) or using specialized simulation software?" It seems the former is more common in Europe; the latter, in North America. As an educator in Michigan, United States, I've taught simulation at various times using GPSS, SIMUL8, SLAM, Arena, ProModel, and most recently Simio.

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