Simulation Science

from the protecting-our-infrastructure? dept

dsg writes in with a link to an interesting article about how simulation science is playing a larger role in protecting our infrastructure. With all of the questions being raised about vulnerabilities in our infrastructure, some powerful simulations are being modeled to analyze what impact certain events could have. They’re using technologies that previously simulated other issues. For example, a simulation that has been used to measure traffic patterns has been modified to look at how a disease epidemic might spread. Of course, in simulation systems like these, it’s very difficult to figure out how accurate they are, until (perhaps) it’s too late. However, it still can be useful in figuring out where some specific vulnerabilities might be, so that we can do whatever is possible to fix them.

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