A SIMULATION PLATFORM FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF DISTRIBUTED-COMPUTING SYSTEMS

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Title:
A SIMULATION PLATFORM FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF DISTRIBUTED-COMPUTING SYSTEMS
Author:
Xu, Yijia
Issue Date:
2005
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Distributed simulations have been widely applied as the method to study complex systems which are analytically intractable and numerically prohibitive to evaluate. However it is not a trivia task to develop distributed simulations. Besides distributed simulations may introduce difficulties for analysis due to decentralized, heterogeneous data sources. It is important to integrate these data sources seamlessly for analysis. In applications for system design, it is required to explore the alternatives of hardware components, algorithms, and simulation models. How to enable these operations conveniently is critical for the distributed system as well. All these challenges raise the need of a workbench that facilitates rapid composition, evaluation, modification and validation of components in a distributed system.This dissertation proposes a platform for these challenges, which we refer to the SPEED-CS platform. The architecture of the platform consists of multiple layers that include network layer, component management layer, components layer, and modeling layer. It is a multi-agent system (MAS), containing static agents and mobile agents. The mobile agent is referred as the Data Exchange Agent, which is able to visit sub-simulations and has the intelligence to find the useful data for output analysis. Experiments show that the MAS requires much less network bandwidth than the "centralized" system does, in which simulations report data to output analyst.The application of the SPEED-CS platform is extended to handle systems with dynamic data sources. We demonstrate that the platform can be used for parallel reality applications where simulation parameters can be updated according to real-time sensor information. Data exchange agents are involved to manage the collection, dissemination, and analysis of data from dynamic data sources including simulations and/or physical systems.The SPEED-CS platform is also implemented to integrate simulations and optimizations. The system is able to provide services to facilitate distributed computing, event services, naming services, and component management. One of the important features is that the component sets can be updated and enlarged with different models adding in. This feature enables the platform to work as a testbed to explore alternatives of system designs.Finally we conclude this dissertation with several future research topics.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
distributed computing; optimization; simulation; multi-agent
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Systems & Industrial Engineering; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Sen, Suvrajeet
Committee Chair:
Sen, Suvrajeet

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dc.titleA SIMULATION PLATFORM FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF DISTRIBUTED-COMPUTING SYSTEMSen_US
dc.creatorXu, Yijiaen_US
dc.contributor.authorXu, Yijiaen_US
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractDistributed simulations have been widely applied as the method to study complex systems which are analytically intractable and numerically prohibitive to evaluate. However it is not a trivia task to develop distributed simulations. Besides distributed simulations may introduce difficulties for analysis due to decentralized, heterogeneous data sources. It is important to integrate these data sources seamlessly for analysis. In applications for system design, it is required to explore the alternatives of hardware components, algorithms, and simulation models. How to enable these operations conveniently is critical for the distributed system as well. All these challenges raise the need of a workbench that facilitates rapid composition, evaluation, modification and validation of components in a distributed system.This dissertation proposes a platform for these challenges, which we refer to the SPEED-CS platform. The architecture of the platform consists of multiple layers that include network layer, component management layer, components layer, and modeling layer. It is a multi-agent system (MAS), containing static agents and mobile agents. The mobile agent is referred as the Data Exchange Agent, which is able to visit sub-simulations and has the intelligence to find the useful data for output analysis. Experiments show that the MAS requires much less network bandwidth than the "centralized" system does, in which simulations report data to output analyst.The application of the SPEED-CS platform is extended to handle systems with dynamic data sources. We demonstrate that the platform can be used for parallel reality applications where simulation parameters can be updated according to real-time sensor information. Data exchange agents are involved to manage the collection, dissemination, and analysis of data from dynamic data sources including simulations and/or physical systems.The SPEED-CS platform is also implemented to integrate simulations and optimizations. The system is able to provide services to facilitate distributed computing, event services, naming services, and component management. One of the important features is that the component sets can be updated and enlarged with different models adding in. This feature enables the platform to work as a testbed to explore alternatives of system designs.Finally we conclude this dissertation with several future research topics.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectdistributed computingen_US
dc.subjectoptimizationen_US
dc.subjectsimulationen_US
dc.subjectmulti-agenten_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSystems & Industrial Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSen, Suvrajeeten_US
dc.contributor.chairSen, Suvrajeeten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJun Son, Youngen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLopes, Leonardoen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1229en_US
dc.identifier.oclc137354489en_US
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