SIMLAB: Automatically Creating Physical Systems Simulators

Richard Palmer and James F. Cremer

SiMLAB, a software environment for creating simulators directly from computer-readable physics models, is based on the following concept: creating physical systems simulators should be as simple as describing the underlying physics to a colleague. Rather than programming in a conventional programming language, a SIMLAB user expresses physics models (and thus simulators) directly terms of the concepts, quantities, and equations familiar to a scientist or engineer. The benefits of the SIMLAs approach include: 1) reducing the time and effort required to create simulators, 2) providing more understandable and reliable simulators, and 3) support for more sophisticated simulators, e.g., for multiple-domain problems, which have proved intractable in the past.

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