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Sean Luke <[log in to unmask]>
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MASON Multiagent Simulation Toolkit <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 28 Sep 2006 13:53:19 -0400
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On Sep 28, 2006, at 6:20 AM, GŁnther Greindl wrote:

> One more thing: what I certainly intend to do is distribute the
> simulation
> in a second step (long term goal); if I use cognitive agents, there
> will be no
> other way to do simulation sensibly - does MASON lend itself easily
> to this?

MASON, like RePast and Swarm, was designed as a single-process
simulation toolkit. We use MASON primarily in a parallel experiment
context -- running hundreds of parallel MASON runs on a back-end
server for optimization. MASON does not have built-in support for
distribution of a single experiment over multiple processors with
message-passing or whatnot. It *does* have built-in support for SIMD
multiprocessing, that is, multiple threads in shared memory spread
over multiple processors. The relevant items are the
AsynchronousSteppable and ParallelSequence objects.


> I know that you can add distributed support to Repast Models quite
> easily.

Gunther, could you elaborate on this?

Sean

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