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Voss, Alex; Ings-Lamb, Alex; Procter, Rob
Publisher: University of Warwick
Languages: English
Types: Other
Subjects: T1
The use of cloud technologies to teach agent-based modelling and simulation (ABMS) is an interesting application of a nascent technological paradigm that has received very little attention in the literature. This report fills that gap and aims to help instructors, teachers and demonstrators to understand why and how cloud services are appropriate solutions to common problems they face delivering their study programmes, as well as outlining the many cloud options available. The report first introduces social simulation and considers how social simulation is taught. Following this factors affecting the implementation of agent-based models are explored, with attention focused primarily on the modelling and execution platforms currently available, the challenges associated with implementing agent-based models, and the technical architectures that can be used to support the modelling, simulation and teaching process. This sets the context for an extended discussion on cloud computing including service and deployment models, accessing cloud resources, the financial implications of adopting the cloud, and an introduction to the evaluation of cloud services within the context of developing, executing and teaching agent-based models.
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    • Social Simulation ............................................................................................................ 9 4.1 The Methodology of Social Simulation ............................................................................ 9 4.2 Types of Social Simulation .............................................................................................. 10 4.3 Agent-based Modelling and Simulation ....................................................................... 10 4.4 The Workflow and Logic of Social Simulation.............................................................. 11
    • Teaching Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation ................................................. 12 5.1 Macal and North's ABMS Teaching Syllabus ................................................................ 12 5.2 Experiences and Problems Teaching ABMS ................................................................. 15 5.3 Educational Opportunies associated with ABMS ....... Error! Bookmark not defined. 8 Using the Cloud to Teach ABMS................................................................................ 36
    • 8.1 Arguments for the Cloud ................................................................................................. 36
    • 8.1.1 Configuration Management ................................................................................................ 36
    • 8.1.2 Flexibility .................................................................................................................................... 37
    • 8.1.3 High Performance Compute Jobs ...................................................................................... 38
    • 8.1.4 High Throughput Compute Jobs......................................................................................... 38
    • 8.2 Choosing which Cloud Technologies to Use................................................................. 38
    • 8.2.1 Service and Deployment Models ....................................................................................... 40
    • 8.3 Evaluating Cloud Services............................................... Error! Bookmark not defined. 9 How Teachers can make best use of the Cloud ...................................................... 41
    • 9.1 Use Case 1: Booting a hosted template image in the cloud with manual
    • configuration ............................................................................................................................... 41
    • 9.2 Use Case 2: Booting a hosted template image in the cloud and running a
    • contextualization script ............................................................................................................. 42
    • 9.3 Use Case 3: Manually configuring a local image and importing it to the cloud ..... 42
    • 9.4 Use Case 4: Exporting virtual machine images from the cloud................................. 43
    • 9.5 Use Case 5: Cloud Bursting.............................................................................................. 43
    • 9.6 Virtual Machine Image Contextualization Repositories ............................................ 43 10 Practical Demonstrations......................................................................................... 44
    • 10.1 Manual Configuration.................................................................................................... 44
    • 10.2 Configuration through a Contextualization Script .................................................... 44
    • 10.3 Exporting Local Machine Images to the Cloud .......................................................... 44
    • 10.4 The Model Exploration Service (Simulation-as-a-Service)....................................... 45 11 Considerations on Future Work............................. Error! Bookmark not defined.
    • 11.1 CloudSocSim................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
    • 11.2 ABMS E-Learning Ecosystem/Cloud Architecture ..................................................... 46
    • 11.3 Other Recommendations and Future Work............................................................... 46
    • Appendices ................................................................................................................. 46 13.1 EC2 Tutorial .................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
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