FDK- Federated Simulations Development Kit
If you have already obtained the username and password for downloading the FDK, you can proceed to the download page here.
What is the FDK?
FDK stands for Federated Simulations Development Kit, which is a software system that has been developed at Georgia Tech by the PADS research group led by Professor Richard Fujimoto. It contains independent modules for building run-time infrastructures (RTIs) using which different simulations can be integrated with each other. The FDK is carefully designed so that RTI developers can pick and choose from the set of FDK modules that are most appropriate for developing their particular RTI implementation. RTI developers can benefit from incorporating these ready-made modules, and avoid having to develop them on their own.
What is Jane?
Jane is a simulator-independent, client/server-based graphical interface and scripting tool for interactive parallel and distributed simulations. RTI-based federated simulations can be executed using the Jane system. The Jane software includes a server written in C, and a client written in Java. It is provided as a separate distribution. See an overview of Jane.
Federated simulations in which different simulators interoperate with each other in executing a single simulation are increasingly becoming important in many areas, such as battle field simulation and distributed multi-user games. The significance of interoperability of different simulators is highlighted by the High Level Architecture (HLA) initiative of the US Department of Defense (see the special issue of the journal SIMULATION, Volume 71, Number 6, December 1998, by SCS). The FDK software is designed to facilitate in building efficient run-time infrastructures (RTIs) that are necessary in such federated simulations. The FDK is currently being used by Georgia Tech researchers in various federated simulation projects, such as in building an efficient and extensible RTI for the HLA. The FDK software is being released to university and industry researchers as part of the University Outreach program sponsored by the Defense Modeling and Simulation Organization (DMSO) . This is aimed at promoting research in designing and building new, faster and better RTIs.
The FDK user community is alive and well. Here is a representative list of places where the FDK is in use:
Tune-in to the FDK community by joining the email@example.com mailing list. You can get general information, trouble shooting guidance and updates from developers. To join this list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'subscribe fdk-info' as the body.
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