Books

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Books : reviews

Peter H. Welch, Susan Stepney, Fiona Polack, F. R. M. Barnes, Alistair A. McEwan, G. S. Stiles, Jan F. Broenink, Adam T. Sampson.
Communicating Process Architectures 2008: WOTUG-31.
IOS Press. 2008

(read but not reviewed)

Susan Stepney, Fiona Polack, Peter H. Welch, eds.
CoSMoS 2008.
Luniver Press. 2008

(read but not reviewed)

Contents

Ognen Paunovski, George Eleftherakis, Tony Cowling. Framework for empirical exploration of emergence using multi-agent simulation. 2008
Robert Alexander, Ruth Alexander-Bown, Tim Kelly. Engineering safety-critical complex systems. 2008
Philip Garnett, Susan Stepney, Ottoline Leyser. Towards an executable model of auxin transport canalisation. 2008
Paul S. Andrews, Fiona Polack, Adam T. Sampson, Jonathan Timmis, Lisa Scott, Mark Coles. Simulating biology: towards understanding what the simulation shows. 2008

Susan Stepney, Fiona Polack, Kieran Alden, Paul S. Andrews, James Bown, Alastair Droop, Richard B. Greaves, Mark N. Read, Adam T. Sampson, Jonathan Timmis, Alan F. T. Winfield.
Engineering Simulations as Scientific Instruments: a pattern language.
Springer. 2018

(read but not reviewed)

This book describes CoSMoS (Complex Systems Modelling and Simulation), a pattern-based approach to engineering trustworthy simulations that are both scientifically useful to the researcher and scientifically credible to third parties. This approach emphasises three key aspects to this development of a simulation as a scientific instrument: the use of explicit models to capture the scientific domain, the engineered simulation platform, and the experimental results of running simulations; the use of arguments to provide evidence that the scientific instrument is fit for purpose; and the close co-working of domain scientists and simulation software engineers.

In Part I the authors provide a managerial overview: the rationale for and benefits of using the CoSMoS approach, and a small worked example to demonstrate it in action. Part II is a catalogue of the core patterns. Part III lists more specific “helper” patterns, showing possible routes to a simulation. Finally Part IV documents CellBranch, a substantial case study developed using the CoSMoS approach.