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Parallel Synchronisation issues in Simulating Artificial Life

H. A. James, C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick

Archived 4 May 2004.

Abstract

Simulating artificial life is a computationally demanding task as quite large systems need to be modelled for long timescales but over many different starting conditions to ascertain useful reductionist measurements from a model. It is therefore valuable to be able to incorporate parallelism to speed up the calculations. However incorporating concurrency into a model implies a knowledge of the mening of time and synchronisation properties of a model. In this paper we discuss the implications of local and global synchronisation in models for artificial life. These issues affect the possible ways that paralleism can be incorporated into our simulation models.

Keywords: artificial life, simulation, parallel computing; synchronisation.

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@INPROCEEDINGS{CSTN-009,
  author = {H. A. James and C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick},
  title = {Parallel Synchronization Issues in Simulating Artifical Life},
  booktitle = {Proc. 16th IASTED Int. Conf. on Parallel and Distributed Computing
	and Systems (PDCS)},
  year = {2004},
  editor = {Teofilo Gonzalez},
  pages = {815-820},
  address = {Cambridge, MA, USA},
  month = {9-11 November},
  publisher = {IASTED},
  note = {ISSN 1925-7937; ISBN 0-88986-421-7}
}


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