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Proceedings 16th Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulation (2002)
Washington, D.C.
May 12, 2002 to May 15, 2002
ISSN: 1087-4097
ISBN: 0-7695-1608-4
pp: 135
Radharamanan Radhakrishnan , Experimental Computing Laboratory
Philip A. Wilsey , Experimental Computing Laboratory
Parallel simulations using optimistic synchronization strategies such as Time Warp, operate with no regard to global synchronization since this results in greater parallelism and lower synchronization cost. However, like virtual memory, the parallel simulators may end up thrashing instead of performing useful work. The complication in using a Time Warp simulator is then to configure it suitably for good performance and avoid thrashing. Unfortunately, the optimal configuration is not generally static among different applications or even throughout an entire run of a single application. Thus, online feedback control systems are deployed to govern the adjustment of input parameters in our Time Warp simulation kernel. The design and implementation of effective feedback control systems can be difficult; the extra processing is pure overhead that must be absorbed by any performance gains delivered. The problem is further complicated when attempting to build a simulation kernel that is designed efficiently to operate with many different applications. In this paper, we introduce a control-centric architecture that is used to monitor and manage different parts of a Time Warp simulator. Specifically, we extend concepts from control theory such as adaptive control and stability, to better understand and design hierarchically-distributed run-time control systems for Time Warp based parallel simulation.
Parallel Discrete-Event Simulation, Time Warp, Run-time Control, Distributed Simulation, Control Theory

R. Radhakrishnan and P. A. Wilsey, "Software Control Systems for Parallel Simulation," Proceedings 16th Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulation(PADS), Washington, D.C., 2002, pp. 135.
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