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Creating Computer Simulation Systems: An Introduction to the High Level Architecture Paperback – 8 Oct 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 01 edition (8 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130225118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130225115
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 978,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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  • Master HLA: The worldwide standard for simulation and modeling components
  • Detailed coverage for decision-makers and technical professionals.
  • Extended tutorial example: apply HLA to a real-world problem

The comprehensive guide to HLA, the worldwide standard for simulation components!

If you want to succeed in the new worldwide market for plug-in simulation components, Creating Computer Simulation Systems will show you how. This is the only comprehensive guide to the High Level Architecture (HLA), the new global standard for creating component-based computer models and simulations. HLA was recently adopted by the field's #1 customer, the United States Department of Defense-but it will be equally exciting for commercial applications, even including gaming.

In this book, recognized leaders of the HLA community present detailed coverage for decision-makers, software engineers, architects, and project managers alike. Coverage includes:

  • A high-level overview of HLA's technical and business rationale
  • HLA architecture and components, including the Runtime Infrastructure (RTI) and Federation Object Model (FOM)
  • An extended tutorial that shows HLA at work solving a significant real-world simulation problem
  • Advanced technical topics related to HLA implementation
  • Extensive programming examples throughout the book and on website

The accompanying website contains a complete implementation of the HLA Runtime Infrastructure for Windows compatible and other computers, as well as "Test Federate" software you can use to invoke HLA services without coding.

Whether you're a manager, developer, or integrator, HLA will drive the next revolution in simulation-and this book can help you play a leading role.

About the Author

DR. FREDERICK KUHL is a Senior Principal Engineer with the MITRE Corporation who currently leads the international HLA standardization effort. DR. JUDITH DAHMANN has been Chief Scientist for the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office of the United States Department of Defense since 1995. DR. RICHARD WEATHERLY is the Chief Engineer of the MITRE Corporation's Information Systems and Technology Division, where he leads the HLA infrastructure development and verification team.

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The book presents a good history of HLA, and clearly argues why it should be considered for use. It then moves into the technical details, which a user experienced in simulation and modelling domains will get to grips with after two or three passes. The examples are useful if you can monitor the flow of execution in a debugger. The books English is not overally technical, and the worked example is easy to follow. Overall, the book has given the members of our project team sufficient knowledge to be able to comprehend and use the more advanced HLA material available from the DoD/DMSO. My only criticism is that the book could dedicate more pages on developing your own HLA models.
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Whilst being familiar with the HLA for the last 18 months, I've found it difficult to "get into" it using the online technical materials available. Although this book doesn't get all that deep into the subject, all areas appear to be covered. The tutorial federation provided is in Java, but the samples don't use many java-specific constructs. The tutorial is provided on CD, but my workstation couldn't really get it going (400MHz PII with 128Mb). I think there's a way around this though (run the federates in a single process). The book also gives a good background to the reasons behind the HLA, and approaches to simulation in general.
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Just a minor quibble. The book no longer comes with a CD-ROM - all original CD references are now updated to the resources on the internet. Not a major problem in these days of broadband, but something to bear in mind. Otherwise book very useful indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Benefits greatly from the absence of alternatives 20 Feb. 2011
By L. Mihalkovic - Published on Amazon.com
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As other reviewers pointed out, the book is basically not a match for how complex the HLA and RTI are. Compare this for example with OpenGL where the complexity of the topic is equally matched with books that do cover it in depth. Despite its widespread use for sim, remains a poorly documented topic that people have to learn through trial and errors.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not great 3 Jan. 2009
By William D. Back - Published on Amazon.com
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HLA has been around now for a long time and I think it's telling that this is the only real book on the topic. If you are working with HLA, this is a good reference, but you will still need some serious time with the documentation for whatever RTI you end up using. I suspect that some day HLA will be replaced with something better, but it doesn't seem to be coming soon.
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on HLA available 2 May 2006
By B. Cain - Published on Amazon.com
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I think most of the negative reviews are actually against HLA and due to a lack of experience with component-based simulation system development ... not the book itself.

With the lack of resources out there, I really appreciate this resource.

I've just begun to read the book and find it very easily read. I'll post another review as I progress.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Will do the job in the absence of alternatives 24 Sept. 2002
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Agree with the reviewer about "pompous computer speak", and that the real info could be presented in about 10 pages. I have far too many docs that I need to wade through. The published IEEE standards are always available if you're having insomnia. BUT, with some motivation to get through this book, I was able to accomplish my objective: get a feel for the HLA. [...] Next I'll try the Singhal/Zyda book that another reviewer suggested.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, so far 8 Oct. 2002
By Kojo baloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am at the mid-point of the book and will likely post another review when I am done. [...] The authors give the history and motivation and design decisions behind HLA. They also give many good examples, [...], allow you to get a really good feel for the important concepts of HLA by running an actual federation. One thing I will be looking for is the impact of the architecture on simulation performance, scalability in practice (as opposed to in theory), and how is HLA likely to evolve over the next couple decades.
I don't know yet whether the book is enough for you to create your first federation. If you really have NO background at all in simulation, you will still get a lot out of the first couple of chapters, plus the many references to articles written on the subject, but don't expect to find the other chapters easy. Using my background in simulation systems, I can say that HLA seems to have been very well thought out, based on real-life simulation systems, and is therefore not trivial. But that's what makes it interesting, and the book so far lives up to that.
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