Agent-based simulation models are an increasingly popular tool for research and management in many, different and diverse fields. In executing such simulations the “speed” is one of the most general and important issues. The traditional answer to this issue is to invest resources in deploying a dedicated installation of dedicated computers. D-MASON is a parallel version of the MASON, a library for writing and running Agent-Based simulations. D-MASON is designed to harness unused PCs for increased performances.

Why Distributed Mason

Among the motivations to our focus on distributing the simulation on several machines, we can underline how the need for efficiency among the Agent-Based modeling tools is well recognized in literature: many reviews of state-of-the-art frameworks place “speed” upfront as one of the most general and important issues. While a consistent work has been done to allow the distribution of agents on several computing nodes, our approach here is different in principle: we want to introduce the distribution at the framework level, so that the scientists that use the framework (domain experts but with limited knowledge of computer programming and systems) can be unaware of such distribution.


Recent News

  • New Publications added "Exploiting D-MASON on Parallel Platforms: A Novel Communication Strategy" with Gennaro Cordasco, Francesco Milone, Carmine Spagnuolo and Luca Vicidomini In Proc. of Euro-Par Workshops, PADABS 2014 2st Workshop ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2015, 3:33 AM by Carmine Spagnuolo
  • New source code repository on GitHub Version 2.5 https://github.com/isislab-unisa/dmason/releases/tag/DMASON2.5 (Actual release)Version 3.0.1 https://github.com/isislab-unisa/dmason (Master release)The details ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2015, 12:59 AM by Carmine Spagnuolo
  • New feature in the Master UI A new version of the Master is available on the SVN repository. A new panel allow the user to set simulation parameters before launching the simulation (previously it was only ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2013, 2:29 AM by Luca Vicidomini
  • More tutorials available .. Running D-Mason on a cluster and From Particles to D-Particles now available in the Tutorials section. 
    Posted Jun 28, 2013, 7:10 AM by Vittorio Scarano
  • Tutorial section updated "Running D-Mason's Wizard" and "Building D-Mason from source" tutorials moved from Google Code to this site. Enjoy :)
    Posted Jun 20, 2013, 6:14 AM by Luca Vicidomini
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