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The Origin of the Winter Simulation Conferences
October-December 2008 (vol. 30 no. 4)
pp. 98-102
Forty Winter Simulation Conferences have occurred since 1967. Conditions for beginning and subsequent conferences are presented through the activities of the three initiators from industry and government.

1. Sources used in preparing this article include J.J. Swain et al., eds., Proc. 1992 Winter, Simulation Conf., IEEE Press, http:/www.wintersim.org/.
2. Early-20th-century efforts to predict telephone system behavior were made especially by Agner Krarup Erlang, a Danish mathematician, statistician, and engineer, and leader in the fields of traffic engineering and queuing theory. The system was expected to fit into the structural restrictions inherent in users' assumed behavior. Mathematical approaches to traffic prediction worked under normal conditions for the telephone systems but did not predict telephone service, for example, during snowstorms when everybody was home and calling neighbors.

Index Terms:
Winter Simulation Conference, discrete event simulation, PSS, Simscript, computer systems of 1967
Citation:
Julian Reitman, "The Origin of the Winter Simulation Conferences," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 98-102, Oct.-Dec. 2008, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2008.74
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