2nd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

Research Article

DisSimJADE: A framework for the development of Agent-based Distributed Simulation Systems

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2009.5725,
        author={Daniele Gianni and Andrea  D’Ambrogio and Giuseppe Iazeolla},
        title={DisSimJADE: A framework for the development of Agent-based Distributed Simulation Systems},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={SIMUTOOLS},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Discrete event simulation Distributed Simulation Agent-based Simulation Framework JADE HLA},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2009.5725}
    }
    
  • Daniele Gianni
    Andrea D’Ambrogio
    Giuseppe Iazeolla
    Year: 2010
    DisSimJADE: A framework for the development of Agent-based Distributed Simulation Systems
    SIMUTOOLS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2009.5725
Daniele Gianni1,*, Andrea D’Ambrogio2,*, Giuseppe Iazeolla2,*
  • 1: Computing Laboratory, Oxford University Oxford, UK
  • 2: Dept. of Computer Science, University of Rome TorVergata, Rome, Italy.
*Contact email: gianni@comlab.ox.ac.uk, dambro@info.uniroma2.it, iazeolla@info.uniroma2.it

Abstract

The adoption of an agent-based approach that incorporates intelligence, adaptation and learning abilities has proved to significantly increase the realism and the accuracy of the simulation. Simulation systems of such a kind, however, require computational resources that might be considerable for a single agent, so to become unfeasible when the number of simulated agents scales up. A distributed environment is thus needed to allow the execution of such simulation systems, particularly in the case of scenarios populated by a large number of agents. Building an agent-based distributed simulation system, however, requires both specific expertise and knowledge of distributed simulation standards and a non-negligible amount of effort to develop ad-hoc components. This paper introduces a simulation framework named DisSimJADE, which enables the incorporation of distributed simulation facilities into existing agent-based systems. DisSimJADE is built on top of the popular agent-based framework JADE and allows to define agent-based simulation systems that can be transparently executed either in a local or distributed, therefore bringing significant savings in terms of effort and development time. In addition, DisSimJADE provides a uniform interface to the JADE framework, which further facilitates the production of distributed simulation systems to developers of JADE-based multi-agent systems.