CRANFIELD UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM) SIMULATION AND SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENT LABORATORY (SSEL)
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The fundamental concept of simulation dates back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians and the famous Chinese war strategist SunTzu. Notwithstanding these initial attempts at replicating ancient battlefields, current day machine-based modelling and simulation MS found its roots in the early 20th Century. During this dawning era, the majority of MS efforts were carried out in isolation. One may not find this so surprising when one considers the fundamental definition of a model a representation of an element of the real world for a specific purpose. Working in isolated domains on specific applications, MS developers created bespoke solutions to precise problems. Modelling and simulation has undergone a significant maturation process over the past few decades. Early on, the MS realm represented only a very small portion of the real world. Systems such as flight simulators, SimNet and operational analysis OA models, although based on real world requirements, had no direct physical connection to the real world domains. Technology growth led to an expansion within the MS realm, allowing practitioners to address a larger subset of real world applications with more comprehensive and complex representations. Today, the MS realm has achieved an overlap with the real world wherein simulation information is viewed coincident with the real world.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics