Distributed Simulation Fundamentals

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Distributed Simulation Fundamentals

Course Description

Distributed simulation first appeared in the 1960s with the development of a two-player interactive computer game. In the 1980s, the DARPA SIMNET program created the first virtual world for military training by networking combat simulators. Today, multiplayer online role-playing games are used not only by the military, but also by manufacturing, emergency management, education, and medical fields. This Distributed Simulation Fundamentals course will focus on the fundamentals of distributed simulation systems to give you a better understanding of computer architecture, networks, and distributed computing paradigms.

Course Content


  • Resolution and fidelity
  • Live virtual constructive
  • Simulated environment
  • Behavior modeling


  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Communication abstractions
  • Design challenges


  • Clocks and time
  • Message order
  • Synchronization approaches


  • Distributed interactive simulation
  • High-level architecture
  • Test & Training enabling architecture


  • Scalability
  • Correlation
  • Research trend
Requirements & Materials


  • Background or training in computer systems 

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and technical managers interested in simulation formats.

Adult professional attending defense tech course

What You Will Learn

  • The fundamentals of computer architecture, networks, and distributed computing paradigms
  • The different types of simulations used in today’s applications, including simulations, games, and virtual worlds
  • Time and space management issues in distributed simulations
  • How to choose the right simulation standards for your application
  • The execution issues associated with planning and implementing distributed simulations
Older adult professional attending a modeling and simulation course

How You Will Benefit

  • Become familiar with the different computing and communication approaches for distributed systems.
  • Learn about the simulation continuum, and the standards for networking dissimilar, heterogeneous simulations.
  • Understand the interoperability challenges associated with parallel and distributed simulation systems.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

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