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A virtualization system is presented that is designed to help predict the performance of parallel/distributed discrete event simulations on massively parallel (supercomputing) platforms. It is intended to be useful in experimenting with and understanding the effects of execution parameters, such as different load balancing schemes and mixtures of model fidelity. A case study of the virtualization system is presented in the context of plasma physics simulations, highlighting important virtualization challenges and issues, such as reentrancy and synchronization in the virtual plane, and our corresponding solution approaches. A trace-based prediction methodology is presented, and is evaluated with a 1-D hybrid collisionless shock model simulation, with the predicted performance being validated against one obtained in actual simulation. Predicted performance measurements show excellent agreement with actual performance measurements on parallel platforms containing up to 512 CPUs.