CSPI Press Release

SISO Announces Release of COTS Simulation Package Interoperability Reference Model Standard

Orlando, Florida (February 17, 2011) – The Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) announces the release of the 2010 Version of the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Simulation Package Interoperability (CSPI) Reference Model Standard [SISO-STD-006-2010].

This standard provides a reference framework that assists simulation developers in creating distributed or interoperating simulations of process models.  The standard is aimed at developers using COTS simulation packages such as AnyLogic, Arena, Flexsim, Witness and Simul8 that are widely used to support modeling & simulation (M&S) in defense, manufacturing, supply chains, healthcare, service and transportation sectors.  The reference framework consists of a set of interoperability reference models that capture specific problems that developers will encounter.  Created by experts in the field, these interoperability reference models will save developers a considerable amount of time by highlighting key problems early in the design phase of a distributed simulation.  The standard is designed to work with the High Level Architecture (HLA) or any distributed simulation technology.  Developers of distributed simulations not based on COTS simulation packages may also find the standard helpful.

"M&S is widely used in many sectors.  COTS simulation packages are extensively used in M&S, especially for process modeling in the manufacturing and service sectors.  For example, automobile manufacturers use M&S to guide the development of new factories and hospital managers use M&S to organize effective patient care.  There is great potential for distributed simulation and simulation interoperability with COTS simulation packages.  We have created the COTS Simulation Package Interoperability Reference Model standard to help developers of these distributed simulations save time and money by standardizing the interoperability problems that they need to watch out for and make the whole development cycle cheaper and faster,” said Simon J E Taylor, Chair of the CSPI Product Development Group. 

SISO-developed IEEE standards are available to SISO members via the SISO website, www.sisostds.org. Non-SISO members may acquire these standards directly from the IEEE, www.ieee.org.

About SISO

SISO is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of modeling and simulation interoperability and reuse for the benefit of a broad range of M&S communities.  SISO is recognized as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) by NATO and as a Standards Sponsor by IEEE. In addition, SISO is a Category C Liaison Organization with ISO/IEC (JTC 1) for the development of standards for the representation and interchange of data regarding Synthetic Environment Data Representation and Interchange Specification (SEDRIS).  SISO has operated as an independent 501(c)(3) organization since 1997.

SISO maintains the IEEE 1278 series of standards for Distributed Interactive Simulation and the IEEE 1516 series of standards for the High Level Architecture for Modeling and Simulation, as well as post-standardization support for the SEDRIS standards published by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 24.  In addition, SISO currently maintains ten standards promulgated under its own