The U.S. Army Research Laboratory Dynamic Terrain Server

Report No. ARL-TR-2962
Authors: Mark A. Thomas
Date/Pages: April 2003; 22 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is conducting research in methods to compute and distribute dynamic terrain information in real-time distributed simulation. The purpose is to populate virtual environments with real-world dynamic terrain and objects such as rubble and debris, dings, and breaches of structures. This project is part of a science and technology objective to develop simulation capabilities for training dismounted soldiers using virtual simulation. This research resulted in the development of a dynamic terrain server, DTServer. DTServer computes results of battlefield munitions impacts on structures then transmits the results to receiving other simulations on the network using distributed interactive simulation protocol data units. Results of DTServer use in a dismounted infantry exercise at Ft. Benning, GA, demonstrate the utility of the tool. This report will describe the DTServer software and results of the dismounted infantry exercise.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2003