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NATO Simulation Interoperability – Certification, Tools and Standards for Federated Simulation

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NATO Modelling and Simulation Group

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Certification, Distributed Simulation, Federated Simulation, Federation Agreement, Federation Object Model, HighLevel Architecture, Integration, Interoperability, Verification


Efficient and effective use of NATO and national Modelling & Simulation (M&S) capabilities, to support training, requires standards for networking and simulation interoperability. NATO STANAG 4603 mandates the use of IEEE 1516 High-Level Architecture as the technical interoperability standard for federated simulation systems. It also mandates the use of NATO HLA Certification processes and tools in order to verify and certify compliance with HLA. Tools to support the integration, verification and tests of compliance with HLA have been developed as Open Source to support both HLA certification and other interoperability requirements based on the concept of Interoperability Capability Badges. In March 2018, the NATO Education and Training Network Federation Architecture and Federation Object Model Design (NETN FAFD) was released to the public by the NATO Standardization Office (NSO) as the Allied Modelling and Simulation Publication (AMSP-04 Ed A). NETN FAFD is a NATO standard recommendation (STANREC 4800) on how to represent shared data in distributed simulation environments and where M&S services (federates) are to be connected and federated using the NATO mandated High-Level Architecture standard (STANAG 4603). This proposal is a series of research workshops (RWS) in the form of tutorials and discussions that cover the NATO Simulation Interoperability Certification process, the tools available for testing, the underpinning standards such as AMSP-04, and take a look at recent developments expected to be included in the upcoming Edition B of AMSP-04.


The objective of the workshop series is to provide information on the NATO Certification Service and Process, the Integration Verification and Certification Tool (IVCT), and standards such as STANREC 4800 and STANAG 4603 for federated simulation systems. The RWS will achieve this objective through informing to attendees and hands on demonstrations: • NATO HLA Certification Process and explaining the relationship between Interoperability Capability Badges, Interoperability Requirements and Executable Test Cases • AMSP-04 Modules Details and Use including recent developments • Integration Verification and Certification Tool including development of Executable Test Cases. The workshops shall provide government/military/industry leaders and technical staff with sufficient knowledge enabling them to understand the Certification Process, all NETN FAFD Modules, the IVCT, and how to use them.


• Analytical simulation software; • Advanced design patterns for advanced distributed simulation including multi-resolution modelling; • Transfer of control and correlated representation of simulation models; • Tools and techniques for automated interface testing.

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