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New version of Objective-C Swarm for Windows

There is a new binary (and source) release of Swarm that works with MinGW, a compiler that produces Windows executables. Advantages of this new way to use Swarm in Windows:

  • Windows executables can be launched directly from Windows, without needing to launch from inside a Unix-like environment.
  • Swarm models can be distributed for use on any Windows computer, without requiring Swarm or MinGW to be installed.
  • Faster execution than Cygwin Swarm.

See the yellow "Swarm Software" box on this page. Template:Posted

Thank you to all the Participants for successful Swarmfest 2011!

We returned to the Santa Fe Complex (Website ) on June 26 and 27, 2011 for a spirited and successful Swarmfest 2011. Topics covered included: applications of agent-based modeling to education, biomedical research, economics and social science, discussions concerning the use of the terms "emergence" and "complexity," and an update on current and future work on SLAPP (Swarm-like Agent Protocols in Python); a toolkit derived from the original Swarm package with ongoing and active development. We also had the opportunity to hear from 3 of the teams that participated in the 2010-11 New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge (see ). Visit the Swarmfest 2011 Page speakers, titles and abstracts. We hope to be posting presentations in the near future as well.

Our old friend, Board member and unofficial photo-archivist, Pietro Terna, has posted photos from Swarmfest 2011 at .

-Posted by Gary An

Call for Mentors for the 2010-2011 New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

For the past two years Swarmfest has served as a venue for participants of the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge (SCC) to present their work, receive feedback and interact with active researchers using agent based modeling. The SCC is a program committed to teaching teams of middle and high schools students how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve world problems. For more information please see . Agent based modeling has increasingly been used in SCC projects, with two of the top projects from the last two years utilizing agent based modeling. For details of these projects check out "To Kill a Flocking Bird " - and "Control and Spread of Wildfires" - . Mentoring can be accomplished online; those interested in more information should go to "The Role of a Challenge Mentor" and "Questions to discuss with a team" , or contact for more information. We believe that this is an excellent opportunity to "get them while they are young" and provide an introduction into an exciting and growing area of computational research.

-Posted by Gary An

Be a Swarm Development Group Member!

Membership in SDG is a way to support our efforts to maintain and improve Swarm, and to support agent-based modeling. We just updated our membership page with new membership categories and procedures. Take a look to see what you can do. Template:Posted

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Agent- and Individual-based Modeling Resources

  • Resources for agent-based modeling. This area of the wiki is for information on agent-based modeling in general. There are sub-areas for:
    • Agent-based modeling community resources, including SwarmFest, our annual modeling conference
    • Software (information on alternative platforms; learning materials; template models; integrated development environments)
    • "How and why to do agent-based modeling": techniques and theory
    • Resources specific to different scientific domains
  • The email community of agent-based modelers. This email list discusses topics of general interest to agent-based modelers. More information and signup here.


Swarm Software for Agent-based Modeling

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