Incremental Simulation on a Time-shared Computer

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Project MAC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968 - Simulation methods - 242 pages
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The thesis describes a system which allows simulation models to be built and tested incrementally. It is called OPS-4 and is specifically designed to operate in the environment of the Multics system. It represents a major expansion and improvement of the OPS-3 system implemented in CTSS and also includes many features adapted from other current simulation systems. The PL/1 language, augmented by many additional statements and new data objects, provides the basis for defining models in OPS-4. A list of desirable features for an incremental simulation system is presented and it is shown how OPS-4 incorporates these features, whereas other current simulation systems satisfy only some of them and are not suitable for use in time-shared environment. A simplified model of page and segment fault handling in Multics illustrates some of the features OPS-4 provides to allow the user to continuously interact with a model during its construction, testing and running phases. It also illustrates how the user himself may portray portions of a model that are not yet defined. (Author).

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Contents

SIMULATION OLD AND NEW
1
SIMULATION IN MULTICS
18
CONSTRUCTING A MODEL
36

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