23 January 1999. Thanks to DS.
PRELIMINARY AGENDA 1999 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop Sponsored by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization The Holiday Inn International Drive Orlando, FL March 14-19, 1999 You are invited to participate in the Spring 1999 Simulation Interoperability Workshop (SIW). The SIW is a semiannual event encompassing a broad range of model and simulation issues, applications, and communities. The Workshop consists of a series of Forums addressing interoperability issues and proposed solutions; tutorials on state-of-the-art methodologies, tools, and techniques; and exhibits displaying the latest technological advances. The individual Forums enable M&S user and technical communities to meet, share ideas and experiences, identify ways to make distributed simulation more effective and efficient, and support the development of appropriate interoperability standards. The Forums also provide opportunities for practitioners of distributed simulations using legacy systems to share insights and experiences related to the process of migrating into the High Level Architecture (HLA) world. Additional information about the background and organization of the workshop can be obtained at the SISO web site: http://www.sisostds.org. SUNDAY AFTERNOON -- TUTORIAL SESSIONS SISO's "day before" tutorial program (held on Sunday, 14 March, 1:00 - 5:00 PM EST) consists of four parallel sessions, including a new session on the Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS). A $50 fee will be assessed for those registering for a tutorial to cover the costs of materials, equipment, facilities, and refreshments. The tutorial sessions include: (1) Adapting Your Simulation To Use HLA (Leads: Jeff Steinman and Lois Yu, Metron) This tutorial will aid in planning the adaptation of legacy simulations to use HLA, and will be presented in three modules. The first module is designed to help analysts plan for HLA implementation. It provides guidance on how to design your first SOM and then describes how to identify which RTI services your simulation requires. The second module focuses on software implementation issues that arise when adapting a simulation to use HLA. Interoperability topics discussed include: time management, two-way interfaces, modularity, automating exception handling, and data representation. The third module is a case study which demonstrates how the Naval Simulation System applied the ideas presented in the earlier modules. The overall approach presented here can be used to adapt other simulations for HLA use as well. (2) Use of Automated Tools to Support HLA Object Model Development (Co-leads: Bob Lutz, JHU APL and Roy Scrudder, UT ARL) The main focus of this session is on the growing capabilities of the HLA Object Model Tool Suite. The tutorial will begin with an overview of the Federation Development and Execution Process (FEDEP) and a brief discussion of how the HLA Tool Architecture was developed to map opportunities for automation to FEDEP activities. This will be followed by an overview of the HLA object modeling process. Those attending will then learn how to use the Object Model Development Tool (OMDT) to complete Federation Object Models (FOMs) and Simulation Object Models (SOMs) compliant with the HLA Object Model Template (OMT). Participants will also learn how to use key features of the Object Model Library (OML) to search for and upload/download HLA object models, and how to use the Object Model Data Dictionary System (OMDDS) to identify standards-based components for constructing FOMs and SOMs. (3) Data Distribution Management in the HLA (Lead: Katherine Morse, SAIC) This tutorial provides a comprehensive introduction to the HLA Data Distribution Management (DDM) services. It is designed for those who are familiar with the HLA and the capabilities of Declaration Management services, and are interested in the additional data reduction capabilities provided by DDM. The first segment describes the fundamental DDM concepts, the DDM services which implement them, and the relationship of DDM services to other HLA services. The second segment provides a detailed example of DDM using the Hello World test program and HLA Runtime Infrastructure (RTI) 1.3. Source code, Federation Object Model (FOM) tables, and RTI 1.3 Federation Execution Data and RTI Initialization Data files supporting this example are provided. (4) Creating Simulations in HLA/RTI using the DEVS Modeling Framework (Leads: Bernard Zeigler and Hessam Sarjoughian, Univ. Arizona) The Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS) is a formal framework for modeling and simulation. The DEVS framework has a number of important modeling features, including support for - Full range of dynamic system representation capability - Hierarchical, modular model development - Stand-alone and stage-wise testing - Model family representation and reuse In this tutorial the basic concepts of DEVS are explained, followed by a presentation of how the DEVS framework assists developers in creating distributed simulations. Particular emphasis is placed on simulations adhering to the HLA specifications. In addition, because DEVS has been implemented in a user-friendly, HLA-compliant (C++/Java) distributed environment called DEVS/HLA, the tutorial will also address how the DEVS concepts complement those of the HLA/RTI, so that they can be viewed as a supporting middleware simulation layer. MONDAY MORNING -- SPECIAL SESSIONS Newcomer's Orientation The Newcomer's Orientation is designed for those who have not previously attended a SISO Simulation Interoperability Workshop. The session's goal is to help the new attendee gain maximum benefit from the Workshop and from participation in SISO. In this session, we describe the structure of the Workshop, the overall organization of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, how it works and how to participate in it, and an overview of the DoD High Level Architecture. This session includes much of the "Introduction to the DoD High Level Architecture (HLA) for Modeling and Simulation" material presented in a Sunday afternoon tutorial at previous Workshops. If this is your first Workshop, this is where you should be on Monday morning. Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA) This session is designed to provide a "big picture" outlook of ongoing SBA developments, issues, lessons learned, economic benefits, and emerging markets. In particular the session will address the following topics: * Overview and status of the SBA Roadmap. * SBA Architecture - Organizing and implementing simulation systems to support acquisition decisions across phases and programs including reuse and interoperability. * Virtual prototyping - Testing and Evaluation of technology, product and system performance in distributed simulations. * Existing and proposed collaborative environments in acquisition. * Distributed Product Description (DPD) development and Smart Product Models. * Interfaces and standards that facilitate sharing models and data between government and industry. * Emerging standards and interoperability challenges. * Cultural, organizational, and environmental SBA issues Simulation Interoperability Through Components (SITC) This session is designed to address the use of component technology to support simulation interoperability. The goal of the session is to illuminate the use of components over the whole simulation life cycle, from the federation requirements, through federation design, to implementation. In particular the session will address the following topics: * Component frameworks for supporting simulation interoperability, including extensions to current frameworks and simulation interoperability standards to support component technology. * Components for simulation design, including Base Object Models (BOMs), and characterization of design components (including metadata). * Components for simulation implementations. * Management issues associated with simulation component use, including simulation component repositories, VV&A and testing issues, and tool support. IEEE 1516 (HLA Standards) Technical Update Over the past year, substantial progress has been made by the HLA Working Group on the development of the proposed IEEE 1516 standards. This session will review the process which has been underway, and will discuss the major substantive comments which have been received on the specifications and the changes which have been made in response to these comments. The session is intended to provide the SISO community with a technical update on the three specifications in preparation for the next step in the standardization process. MONDAY AFTERNOON -- PLENARY SESSION The Monday afternoon Plenary Session includes presentations on topics of broad interest to the SISO community. The Plenary session for this Workshop will feature the following principal speakers: Major General George F. Close, Jr. (US Army) General Close is the Director for Operational Plans and Interoperability, J-7, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. His duties include overseeing the development and implementation of conventional war plans, joint doctrine, joint exercises and training, and professional military education of the US Armed Forces. He also serves as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff executive agent and primary Joint Staff proponent for Joint Vision 2010 implementation and system integration. His previous joint assignments include service as a Division Chief on the Joint Staff, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force 190 during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY-Haiti, and J-3 of US Southern Command/Director Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S). General Thomas S. Moorman, Jr. (USAF, Ret) General Moorman recently joined Booz-Allen & Hamilton as a Vice President after serving over 35 years in the United States Air Force, culminating with his assignment as Vice Chief of Staff. As Vice Chief, he oversaw and managed the day-to-day activities of the Air Staff at the Pentagon and chaired the Air Force Council which finalizes all Air Force programming proposals. He chaired the Air Force Board of Directors, the organization responsible for developing the Air Force strategic vision for the 21st Century. This effort included an examination of the overall Air Force education and training needs for the new millennium. Prior to his assignment as the Vice Chief of Staff, Gen Moorman was Commander and Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command. As Commander, he was responsible for operating military space systems, ground-based radars and missile warning satellites, and the nation's space launch centers at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Additionally, he was responsible for the worldwide network of space surveillance radars, as well as maintaining the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) force. Dr. James E. Heath (US Army LIWA) Dr. Heath is the Army's Senior Intelligence and Technical Advisor for Information Operations (IO). He is recognized as the Army's leading authority regarding intelligence and technologies for Transnational and Asymmetric Threats and IO. Visualization, exploitation, predictive analysis, course-of-action analysis (COAA), and non-kinetic solutions are his major areas of interest. He was responsible for the creation of a unique IO center called the Information Dominance Center (IDC). The IDC operationally supports worldwide military commanders through Field Support Teams, the Army's Computer Emergency Response Team (ACERT) linked with Regional CERTs (RCERTs), Vulnerability Assessment and Computer Defense Analysis Teams, and as the Army command element for the Joint Task Force Computer Network Defense (JTF-CND). MONDAY EVENING -- SPECIAL SESSIONS SPEEDES - Synchronous Parallel Environment for Emulation and Discrete-Event Simulation (Presenter: Jeff Steinman, Metron) SPEEDES is a government-owned, NASA-patented, optimistic simulation framework that is currently supporting several large DoD simulation projects including the Joint Simulation System (core infrastructure for the enterprise), Wargame 2000 (modeling framework), and the High-Performance Computing Modernization Office (HLA on high-performance computers). A government body, called the Parallel Discrete Event Simulation (PDES) User's Group, has recently been formed to help standardize the framework and share development costs. This presentation covers the fundamentals of SPEEDES at a conceptual level. First, optimistic time management is discussed with an emphasis on the SPEEDES flow-control mechanisms that ensure run-time stability in an interactive environment. Second, the internal design of SPEEDES is highlighted. Third, an overview of the SPEEDES Modeling Framework is presented. The Final topic covers SPEEDES and the High-Level Architecture. SPEEDES is currently being upgraded to support HLA in three ways: (1) SPEEDES applications interoperate as a federate participating in a federation, (2) SPEEDES provides external HLA interfaces to remote federates, and (3) a SPEEDES-based RTI supports federations executing on high performance multiprocessor computers. SEDRIS Update The Synthetic Environment Data Representation and Interchange Specification (SEDRIS) is a mechanism for representing the natural environment data found in a variety of simulation and non-simulation applications. SEDRIS allows for the representation of the ocean, the ocean bottom, and ocean features (both natural and man-made); terrain and terrain features (both natural and man-made); 3-D models of vehicles, personnel, and other objects; the atmosphere, including environmental phenomena; and near space. One of the SEDRIS objectives is to provide a mechanism for the unambiguous interchange of environmental data for every type of simulation application. This session will focus on an overview of key SEDRIS technologies and their use in various domains and applications. Representatives from the SEDRIS team will report on the project activities and progress, and will highlight several stand-alone components of SEDRIS technology which are being proposed as SISO standards. Additional SEDRIS-related papers will be presented in other SIW forums, including the Environment Track Forums. TUESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON -- USER COMMUNITY FORUMS User Community Forums focus on topics that span specialty areas and are of broad interest to users within a particular area of M&S application. User Community Forums include * Analysis Forum (ANL), which focuses on the use of distributed models and simulations for analysis applications. * Research, Development, and Engineering Forum (RDE), which is concerned with the evaluation of alternative designs and research concepts as well as supporting specific engineering decisions within the RDE community. * Test and Evaluation Forum (TE), which focuses on comparing the performance of a system or its components with the physical, technical, and operational performance requirements to reduce risk in acquisition and employment of the system. * Small Team Training Forum (STT), which focuses on the planning, management, requirements, and use of simulations to provide individual, sub-team, and team training to system operators, team leaders, tactical decision makers, and other hands-on users. * Staff-Level Training Forum (SLT), which focuses on command and staff training (wargaming, "battle staff" training, strategic/theater planning, etc.), and on supporting representation of decision-making methodologies. TUESDAY EVENING -- INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM REPORTS Following an informal reception hosted by members of the international SISO community, the International Session provides everyone the opportunity to hear and learn about goals, achievements, and issues arising from programs and projects outside the U.S. Presentations for this session are selected to provide the widest possible cross section of activities, with special emphasis on programs involving two or more nations. TUESDAY EVENING -- NON-HLA APPLICATIONS SESSION While the bulk of the simulation application addressed at Simulation Interoperability Workshops are covered by the DoD High Level Architecture (HLA), we recognize that other architectures and protocols are also in use. These sessions provide opportunities for those involved with non-HLA environments and applications to share their insights and issues with one another. These sessions are intended to help those using older distributed simulation protocols, such as the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocols of IEEE Standard 1278, as they evolve into the HLA environment, as well as to help those using non-HLA environments to benefit from the insights and experiences of others. WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY -- SPECIALTY AREA FORUMS Specialty Area Forums bring together specialists from different communities to discuss issues of simulation interoperability and component reuse. The Specialty Area Forums are organized into five Tracks. INFRASTRUCTURE TRACK * The Run-Time Infrastructure and Communications Forum (RTI) focuses on issues related to the HLA Runtime Infrastructure (RTI), including RTI services, RTI performance characterization, and RTI "middleware." * The Live Interaction Forum (LIVE) addresses issues concerned with the interaction of live entities in interoperable simulations ENVIRONMENT TRACK * The Simulated Natural Environment Forum (SNE) is concerned with the common representation of the land, ocean, atmosphere, surf zone and space environment in interoperable simulations. * The Sensor Forum (SENS), which is co-administered by the C4ISR Track, serves as a bridge between environmental and mission/system-related areas, focusing on issues of interoperability, fidelity, and correlation for sensor simulations. FEDERATION DEVELOPMENT TRACK * The Federation Development Process Forum (PROC) focuses on the Federation development and execution life-cycle process. * The Exercise Management Forum (EMF) discusses tools for automating the Federation Development in areas such as exercise planning, initialization, monitoring, data collection, analysis, and after-action review. * The Verification, Validation & Accreditation Forum (VV&A) deals with issues of credibility and appropriate use related to federation development and application. * The Testing Forum (TEST) addresses techniques, tools, drivers, and methodologies for testing as they apply to HLA, SISO Standards, the transition of legacy simulations to SISO standards, and the development of new federates and federations. C4ISR TRACK * The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Forum is concerned with the interoperability of simulations which represent command and control, communications, intelligence collection, processing and dissemination and information warfare. * The Sensor Forum (SENS), which is co-administered by the Environment Track, focuses on the use of sensors for navigation, search and target acquisition, reconnaissance, surveillance, intelligence, emissions tracking, IR search and tracking, fire control and missile systems (detection, warning, and design) and guidance. APPLICATIONS TRACK * The Federation Implementers' Forum (IMPL) addresses the resources, processes, and issues encountered in developing Federates and Federations. IMPL's focus is on implementation level details (i.e., how does it work, how is it used, how can it be improved). * The Vehicle/Weapon System Modeling Forum (VWS) focuses on the development and reuse of vehicle/weapon system simulations, including manned and unmanned weapons which operate in space, air, ground, and sea environments. * The Human Decision-Making and Behavior Representation Forum (BEH) is concerned with the representation of human behaviors in models and simulations. Issues range from providing appropriate interfaces to live humans acting as entities in a simulation to automating human decision-making processes at all levels. * The Logistics Forum (LOG) focuses on issues related to all aspects of logistics, including representations at the national, strategic, operational, and tactical military levels, as well as non-military and commercial logistics. WEDNESDAY EVENING - SIMULATION INTEROPERABILITY STANDARDS COMMITTEE On Wednesday evening, the first meeting of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Committee will take place. The SISC is officially a committee under the IEEE Computer Society, and as such, needs to officially establish itself. (See Mark Smith's 21 December email message on the SISO-ADMIN reflector.) This first meeting will be formally announced shortly; the announcement will include the agenda to be followed at the meeting. During the meeting, the current IEEE standard efforts will be discussed. WEDNESDAY EVENING -- STANDARDS ACTIVITY COMMITTEE REPORTS After the SISC meeting, the SAC will report on its current activities, including activities related to SISO product development efforts and study group efforts. More information about these activities can be found at http://www.sisostds.org/stdsdev The SAC will be available during this time to hear your concerns and answer your questions. TECHNICAL EXHIBITS AND DEMONSTRATIONS Throughout the week, several organizations will provide exhibits and demonstrations of materials, software, and equipment relevant to distributed simulation applications. The exhibit/demonstration area will be open during the lunch breaks each day and from late afternoon to early evening. FRIDAY MORNING -- OUTBRIEF SESSION The Friday morning Outbrief Session is presented by the Chairs of each Forum, summarizing the key points raised and insights reached in each Forum. Each Forum also makes specific recommendations for future SISO Workshops and Standards activities. This session provides an excellent overview of the current state of the art and major issues in simulation interoperability. We strongly encourage all participants to attend this final session. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS. The Workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn, International Drive, Orlando, FL. NOTE: all hotel reservations will be handled through IEEE Travel and Conference Management Services rather than directly with the hotel. The special conference rate is $94/night (tax included). A government rate is also available for a limited number of rooms. Proof of status will be required to obtain the government rate. Make your reservations by contacting ITCMS at 1-800-810-4333 (in the U.S. or Canada), +732-562-6826 (outside the U.S. or Canada), by faxing your request to 732-981-1203, or by emailing it to <SISO@ieee.org>. A registration form is below, or may be downloaded from the SISO Web site at http://www.sisostds.org. Please note that the early registration deadline is February 8th. DOD PARTICIPATION. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has reviewed the plans for this Workshop and issued the following determination: "The Department of Defense finds this event meets the minimum regulatory standards for attendance by DoD employees. This finding does not constitute a blanket approval or endorsement for attendance. Individual DoD Component commands or organizations are responsible for approving attendance of its DoD employees based on mission requirements and DoD regulations." CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Duncan Miller (Chair) MIT Lincoln Lab Sam Knight (Vice Chair) Raytheon Susan Solick (Secretary) TRADOC Analysis Center Ron Hofer Univ. Central Florida IST Joe Lacetera MITRE Dan Schiavone Ball Aerospace Rick Severinghaus Booz-Allen and Hamilton Inc. Graham Shanks Alenia Marconi Systems John Shockley SRI International Bill Tucker Boeing Michael Myjak (SAC Vice Chair) The Virtual Workshop --------------------------------------------------------------------------- REGISTRATION FORM A copy of the Workshop Registration form is included on the printed version. Those reading this by email may obtain it from http://www.sisostds.org.