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Engineering Simulations as Scientific Instruments: A Pattern Language

  • Stepney S
  • Polack F
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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.

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Stepney, S., & Polack, F. A. C. (2018). Engineering Simulations as Scientific Instruments: A Pattern Language. Engineering Simulations as Scientific Instruments: A Pattern Language. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01938-9

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