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dc.contributor.advisorBuss, Arnold H.
dc.contributor.authorHenderson, Dale L.
dc.dateJune, 1999
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-07T15:34:34Z
dc.date.available2012-09-07T15:34:34Z
dc.date.issued1999-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/13514
dc.description.abstractThis thesis develops a standard Application Programmer's Interface (API) for modular terrain representation. The API hides the details of a terrain representation from an entity level simulation, thereby enhancing interoperability and flexibility. Additional contributions include reduced development costs, enhanced flexibility for developers, and the use of a component approach applicable to future simulations. Three reference implementations are developed in the thesis representing widely used terrain representations. These prototypes consist of a standard set of terrain services that can be used by a simulation developer without any knowledge of the underlying implementation. The prototypes serve as references, proof of the concept, and as tools for comparison and analysis of existing terrain algorithms. We demonstrate this comparison with the JANUS and Modular Semi- Automated Forces (MODSAF) line of sight algorithms. This set of API implementations also allows emerging simulations to use different terrain formats at run-time without source code changes. The API developed in this thesis is the basis for a United States Army Modeling and Simulation standard nomination.en_US
dc.format.extentxvi, 68 p.;28 cm.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsApproved for public release, distribution unlimited.en_US
dc.titleModterrain : a proposed standard for terrain representation in entity level simulationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentOperations Research
dc.description.serviceU.S. Army (USA) authoren_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Operations Researchen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineOperations Researchen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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