Parallel discrete event simulation: The making of a field
Originating in the 1970's, the parallel discrete event simulation (PDES) field grew from a group of researchers focused on determining how to execute a discrete event simulation program on a parallel computer while still obtaining the same results as a sequential execution. Over the decades that followed the field expanded, grew, and flourishes to this day. This paper describes the origins and development of the field in the words of many who were deeply involved. Unlike other published work focusing on technical issues, the emphasis here is on historical aspects that are not recorded elsewhere, providing a unique characterization of how the field was created and developed.
© 2017 IEEE. We thank Robert Sargent, a PDES contributor himself, who organized the history of simulation track for the Winter Simulation Conference, and invited and supported the writing of this paper. Any presentation such as this necessarily ignores the contributions of many men and women who helped create, evolve, and grow the field. Many of these individuals continue to develop PDES technology and applications to this day. We acknowledge and thank these individuals for their numerous and varied efforts.