Proceedings Fourteenth Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulation (2000)
May 28, 2000 to May 31, 2000
W.H. (Dell) Lunceford Jr , US Army Model and Simulation Office
It has been a little less than ten years since modeling and simulation (M&S) hit the knee on the curve. During these past few years a great deal of marketing of the potential of M&S has occurred, which resulted in a significant influx of funding for research and development (R&D) projects, especially in the area of distributed simulation.One of the significant experiments in this area - the DARPA Synthetic Theater of War program - officially ended this year, bringing to an end one of the more robust experiments in distributed simulation. We are now in a time where most of the M&S funding is targeted at production programs, with much fewer dollars going into R&D or experimentation.Although it is good that major programs are capitalizing on previous R&D efforts, it would not be true to say that the necessary R&D has been completed to realize the vision of distributed simulation. It would be true to say that; we now have a much better understanding of the issues. What is needed now is a period of reflection on the vision, where we are, what was done right, what hasn't worked well, and where we should be headed for the next five to ten years.
W. (. Lunceford Jr, "Advanced Distributed Simulation: What We Learned, Where to Go Next," Proceedings Fourteenth Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulation(PADS), Bologna, Italy, 2000, pp. 3.