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The Euclid 11.13~Realizing the potential of networked simulation in Europe
Published May 08, 2002 by Royal Aeronautical Society in United Kingdom
The term Synthetic Environment has different meanings to different communities. The UK MoD definition is: ""A Synthetic Environment (SE) links a combination of models, simulations, people and real equipment into a common representation of the world. A SE is used to provide consistency and concurrency across previously discrete processes.""
Experience in constructing and operating complex distributed simulation was gained from previous RTPs (11.2, 11.3, 11.14) and in the UK with programs such as STOW (Synthetic Theater of War) and FOAS SE (Future Offensive Air System). These projects highlighted significant challenges to the widespread use of SEs; in particular, they are expensive and difficult to set up, they are not reusable, most legacy simulations cannot be easily networked. There is lack of Central SE Database; legacy simulations were not designed with collective scenario building in mind. The varying levels of simulation fidelity do not contribute to the homogeneity of scenarios.
Euclid 11.13 is a European program funded by 13 Nations. It was set up with the aim of investigating and providing solutions to the above problems.
This paper describes the work conducted to date on developing a process to support the use of synthetic environments. It will focus attention on how the process can be used to develop Air collective training SEs.