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SFI Working Paper Abstract

Title: The Swarm Simulation System: A Toolkit for Building Multi-Agent Simulations
Author(s): Nelson Minar, Roger Burkhart, Christopher Langton, Manor Askenazi
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Paper #: 96-06-042
Date: June 1, 1996
Abstract: Swarm is a multi-agent software platform for the simulation of complex adaptive systems. In the Swarm system the basic unit of simulation is the “swarm,” a collection of agents executing a schedule of actions. Swarm supports hierarchical modeling approaches whereby agents can be composed of swarms of other agents in nested structures. Swarm provides object-oriented libraries of reusable components for building models and analyzing, displaying, and controlling experiments on those models. Swarm is currently available as a beta version in full, free source code form. It requires the GNU C Compiler, Unix, and X Windows. More information about Swarm can be obtained from our web pages, http://www.santafe.edu/projects/swarm/.

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