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High-performance computing enables simulations to transform education

Davis, Dan M. and Gottschalk, Thomas D. and Davis, Laurel K. (2007) High-performance computing enables simulations to transform education. In: 2007 Winter Simulation Conference. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 2336-2343. ISBN 978-1-4244-1305-8.

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This paper presents the case that education in the 21st Century can only measure up to national needs if technologies developed in the simulation community, further enhanced by the power of high performance computing, are harnessed to supplant traditional didactic instruction. The authors cite their professional experiences in simulation, high performance computing and pedagogical studies to support their thesis that this implementation is not only required, it is feasible, supportable and affordable. Surveying and reporting on work in computer-aided education, this paper will discuss the pedagogical imperatives for group learning, risk management and “hero teacher” surrogates, all being optimally delivered with entity level simulations of varying types. Further, experience and research is adduced to support the thesis that effective implementation of this level of simulation is enabled only by, and is largely dependent upon, high performance computing, especially by the ready utility and acceptable costs of Linux clusters.

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Additional Information:© 2007 IEEE. The authors wish to acknowledge the members of the ISI JESPP team who have contributed to this paper through their efforts and their intellectual stimulation. Much of the success reported here came from the Joint Experimentation on Scalable Parallel Processor project, initiated, directed and funded by the Joint Forces Command and to a very large degree conducted on the compute assets of the Maui High performance Computing Center, ASC-MSRC at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and other members of the High Performance Computing Modernization Program. Some of this material is based on research sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory under agreement number FA8750-05-2-0204. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of the Air Force Research Laboratory or the U.S. Government.
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