Professional Education Course

Distributed Simulation Fundamentals

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Course Title: Distributed Simulation Fundamentals
Program ID: DEF 4002P Subject: Modeling & Simulation


Registration DeadlineSection DatesFormat & LocationCEUsFeeStatus
Aug 04, 2015 (Tue)Aug 04, 2015 (Tue) - Aug 06, 2015 (Thu)Atlanta (Georgia Tech Global Learning Center) (this is an onsite course)1.8$1,395OPEN

Meeting Times
On the first day, check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (9:00 AM-5:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (8:00 AM-4:00 PM)
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015 (8:00 AM-4:00 PM)

Alternate Rates

  • $698 -- Georgia Tech Employee
  • 10% Group discount available for companies that register 3 or more people at the same time.  Download our group registration form to register your group.



Course Description

Distributed simulation first appeared in the 1960s with the development of a two-player interactive computer game.  In the 1980s the DARPA SIMNET program created the first virtual world for military training by networking combat simulators.  Today multiplayer online role-playing games are used not only by the military, but also by manufacturing, emergency management, education, and medical fields.  This course will focus on the fundamentals of distributed simulation systems.  It will start with a brief history of parallel and distributed simulation research, then explore simulation systems. The course will give an introduction to parallel and distributed systems architectures and then examine issues, such as interoperability, scalability, and synchronization. Several industry standards will be reviewed, as well as the relevant standards organizations leading their development.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • Technical managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the fundamentals of computer architecture, networks and distributed computing paradigms
  • Explain the difference between parallel and distributed systems
  • Compare the different types of simulations used in today’s applications
  • Choose the right simulation standards for your application
  • Describe the execution issues associated with planning and implementing distributed simulations
  • Learn about the different simulation standards organizations

What Is Covered

  • Computer architecture, networks, and distributed computing basics
  • Simulation continuum, including simulations, games and virtual worlds
  • Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS), High Level Architecture (HLA) and Test & Training Enabling Architecture (TENA) Standards
  • Managing time in distributed simulations
  • Interoperability and composability execution issues
  • Federation Execution Development Process (FEDEP)
  • Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO)

Course Materials

Participants receive a notebook with slides and copies of conference papers discussed in the course.


There are no prerequisites, though students with a background or training in computer systems will benefit most.

Course Administrator

Margaret L. Loper


Margaret L. Loper

Certificate Information

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