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Simulation Data Model
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IVOA Proposed Recommendation 9 September 2011

Interest/Working Group:
Gerard Lemson, Laurent Bourgès, Miguel Cerviño, Claudio Gheller, Norman Gray, Franck LePetit, Mireille Louys, Benjamin Ooghe, Rick Wagner, Hervé Wozniak
Gerard Lemson, Hervé Wozniak


In this document and the accompanying documents we propose a data model(Simulation Data Model) describing numerical computer simulations of astrophysical systems. The primary goal of our proposal is to support discovery of simulations by describing those aspects of them that scientists might wish to query on, i.e. it is a model for meta-data describing simulations. This document does not propose a protocol for using this model. Two distinct IVOA protocols (SimDB and SimDAL) are in the make and both are supposed to use the model, either in its original form or in a form derived from the model proposed here, but more suited to the particular protocol. The SimDM has been developed in the IVOA Theory Interest Group with assistance of representatives of relevant working groups, in particular DM and Semantics.

Status of this document

This is an IVOA Proposed Recommendation made available for public review.
It is appropriate to reference this document only as a recommended standard that is under review and which may be changed before it is accepted as a full recommendation.

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