Lethality/Vulnerability Server Functional Description and Interface Control Document for MATREX V0.5

Report No. ARL-MR-582
Authors: Geoffrey C. Sauerborn and Tranese S. Christy
Date/Pages: March 2004; 23 pages
Abstract: This report describes the lethality/vulnerability server?s interface control. That is it describes how other high level architecture (HLA) simulations can interact with the lethality/vulnerability server. The use of war game simulations to conduct weapon systems analysis has an established history. With the advancement of computer and network capabilities, it became practical and efficient to segment simulated systems across various computer platforms. This advancement in distributed simulation also brought with it new dilemmas such as how to ensure a ?fair fight?. For example, when a set of heterogeneous simulations is brought together, each simulation may treat the data (vulnerability data, terrain, or other synthetic environment representations) with subtle differences that create an unfair advantage for some simulated weapons. Distributing applications also increases the risk of having incorrect or stale data configurations on one or more of the systems. The lethality/vulnerability server is a tool that was designed to overcome some of these obstacles and help ensure a valid weapon system assessment. It allows diverse applications to draw from the same vulnerability description data set during a simulation run. The server can increase simulation preparation efficiency because configuring vulnerability damage is done once for all serviced applications. The lethality server currently delivers data descriptions in terms of standard fully damaged ?mobility,? ?firepower,? and ?catastrophic? states. With relatively minor modifications, the server can be expanded to deliver partial (or degraded) damage and other types of data. This document is a functional description of the server with an emphasis on its HLA interface for the Modeling Architecture for Technology and Research EXperimentation (MATREX) V0.5 release, January 2004.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: March 1, 2004