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MWGrid: A System for Distributed Agent-Based Simulation in the Digital Humanities

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5 Author(s)
Craenen, B. ; Sch. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK ; Murgatroyd, P. ; Theodoropoulos, G. ; Gaffney, V.
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Digital Humanities offer a new exciting domain for agent-based distributed simulation. In historical studies interpretation rarely rises above the level of unproven assertion and is rarely tested against a range of evidence. Agent-based simulation can provide an opportunity to break these cycles of academic claim and counterclaim. The MWGrid framework utilises distributed agent based simulation to study medieval military logistics. As a use-case, it has focused on the logistical analysis of the Byzantine army's march to the battle of Manzikert (AD 1071), a key event in medieval history. It integrates an agent design template, a transparent, layered mechanism to translate model-level agents' actions to time stamped events and the PDES-MAS distributed simulation kernel. The paper presents an overview of the MWGrid system and a quantitative evaluation of its performance.

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Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications (DS-RT), 2012 IEEE/ACM 16th International Symposium on

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25-27 Oct. 2012