IEEE Standard 1278.1 is one of a series of Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) standards that are used to conduct networked simulation exercises worldwide. DIS is a multi-government and industry effort to link simulations and simulators of various types at multiple sites to create distributed simulations of highly interactive activities. The infrastructure created provides interoperability for disparate purposes, multiple technologies, products from a variety of vendors, and military platforms.
The standard defines the format and semantics of data messages, known as Protocol Data Units (PDUs) that are exchanged on a network among simulation applications and simulation management. These PDUs provide information concerning simulated entity states/interaction, warfare, logistics, simulation management, electromagnetic and acoustic emissions, radio communications, entity management, minefield, synthetic environment, simulation management with reliability, information operations, live entity information/interaction, and non-real-time protocol.
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