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Running agent-based models on a discrete-event simulator

Running agent-based models on a discrete-event simulator
Running agent-based models on a discrete-event simulator

One of the main obstacles hindering the use of large-scale agent-based simulation in practice is its scalability. The ability to run realistic and complex agent-based models is desirable to provide empirically and practically useful results. One of the suggested solutions is to run the agent-based models on top of a scalable parallel discrete-event simulation engine. This proposal raises a question whether an equivalent discrete-event model can be built for any agent-based model. This paper proves that an equivalent discrete-event model can be found for any agent-based model that conforms to a given specification. I show that a translator can be built to convert the agent-based model into an equivalent discrete-event model automatically and transparently. The advantage of this approach is that modellers do not need to change their modelling paradigm and at the same time a highly scalable parallel discrete-event simulator can be used to run the model.

Agent-based model, Agent-based simulation, Discrete-event simulation, Formal specification
51-55
Onggo, Bhakti S.S.
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Onggo, Bhakti S.S.
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Onggo, Bhakti S.S. (2010) Running agent-based models on a discrete-event simulator. 24th Annual European Simulation and Modelling Conference, ESM 2010, , Hasselt, Belgium. 24 - 26 Oct 2010. pp. 51-55 .

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Abstract

One of the main obstacles hindering the use of large-scale agent-based simulation in practice is its scalability. The ability to run realistic and complex agent-based models is desirable to provide empirically and practically useful results. One of the suggested solutions is to run the agent-based models on top of a scalable parallel discrete-event simulation engine. This proposal raises a question whether an equivalent discrete-event model can be built for any agent-based model. This paper proves that an equivalent discrete-event model can be found for any agent-based model that conforms to a given specification. I show that a translator can be built to convert the agent-based model into an equivalent discrete-event model automatically and transparently. The advantage of this approach is that modellers do not need to change their modelling paradigm and at the same time a highly scalable parallel discrete-event simulator can be used to run the model.

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Published date: 1 January 2010
Venue - Dates: 24th Annual European Simulation and Modelling Conference, ESM 2010, , Hasselt, Belgium, 2010-10-24 - 2010-10-26
Keywords: Agent-based model, Agent-based simulation, Discrete-event simulation, Formal specification

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Local EPrints ID: 433916
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433916
PURE UUID: 3fd87c3b-03fb-4d2b-bd3e-ea8da6fe7da9
ORCID for Bhakti S.S. Onggo: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5899-304X

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Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:38

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