Advanced Simulation Application Development
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FAMOS Functional Architecture
In this initiative, KBSI collaborated
with the Air Force to build a system for the development
and execution of distributed military simulation applications.
The Framework for Adaptive Modeling and Ontology-driven Simulation
(FAMOS™) reduces the time and effort required for developing
and deploying distributed simulation applications and
lays the groundwork for knowledge sharing, communication, and
semantic integration among modeling and simulation applications.
The FAMOS™ technology addresses a number of current
needs for the military. In particular, distributed simulation
has been hampered by the absence of a framework for assembling
simulations from model components and distributing those simulation
models among different organizations or functional groups.
The FAMOS™ technology takes on the primary technical challenges related
to these goals including the composibility of simulation models,
semantic interoperability, and model composition at multiple
levels of abstraction.
The FAMOS™ initiative used a hybrid approach that
combines ontology and process analysis methods with ontology-driven
translation generation techniques to facilitate robust simulation
composability analysis and support semantic modeling and simulation
interoperability. FAMOS™ technology addressed the issue of simulation model
composibility—the capability to select simulation components
and assemble them into simulation systems that satisfy specific
user requirements—by focusing on the processes, ontologies, and
meta data for composibility. KBSI's extensive experience in
developing simulation and information integration technologies was particularly useful in meeting the initiative's process and ontology analysis challenges.
The result was a complete analysis method for composable modeling
The FAMOS™ architecture provides automated support
for this method, and KBSI validated the technical and pragmatic
viability of the FAMOS™ approach and architecture through focused
military simulation model composition experiments and demonstrations.
The principal benefits of the FAMOS™ method and architecture
are significant reductions in the time and effort needed for developing
and deploying distributed simulation applications, and in the time
and effort needed to facilitate knowledge sharing, communication,
and semantic integration for modeling and simulation applications.
These benefits will help the Air Force in developing distributed simulation applications. In addition, FAMOS™ technology also serves as a sustainable mechanism for building
simulations that interoperate and share information at the semantic
This material is based upon work supported by the United States Air Force under Contract No. FA8650-06-C-4403. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Air Force.