I would just save the genome and random seed that was used to evaluate the
individual, and then start up a MASON GUI instance to replay the simulation
with visualization.


On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM, Sadat Chowdhury <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi,
> My simulations run in headless mode (or batch mode) by a class that
> extends the sim.engine.SimState base class. The simulation involves running
> an evolutionary system across several "generations". Typically, I can
> evolve around 300/400 generations within 20-30 mins this way.
> The same simulation, if run using a 2D visualizer (sim.display.GUIState)
> will take a much longer run-time. In fact, a single generation would take
> at least 20 minutes (a "generation" is composed of several thousand
> simulations of some scenario with some number of agents). So it's
> practically impossible to visualize the entire experiment -- it would take
> several days. Actually, neither do I want to. Rather, I would like to
>  visualize a particular simulation every 100 generations or so.
> One way of achieving this is to simply close the visualizer window (Java
> applet window that shows the simulation) momentarily, and then the
> simulation runs faster. However, it comes nowhere close to the speed of
> running that same simulation completely headless. This makes sense, because
> the "view" is still registered in the MVC plumbing and as the "model" is
> changing, the "controller" is still making update calls to the "view" --
> regardless whether the "view" is active or not. If the window is closed,
> there is no rendering, so it runs slightly faster.
> What I really want is a true detachment of the view from the
> model/controller for a certain number of configurable steps. Is it
> possible? I've been looking at the MASON source code, and it is fairly
> involved, but I don't see an easy way to accomplish this.
> Maybe I am approaching this in the wrong way -- perhaps I should think of
> alternatives such as serializing during key moments and then somehow
> replaying them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Sadat.


Ph.D student in Computer Science
George Mason University