The following collections represent the critical work of the earliest pioneers in computer simulation. Also included are collections that document the history of computing and computer science. View books and other published materials donated to the Computer Simulation Archive. Or find other materials relating to computer simulation in the NCSU Libraries catalog.
Philip J. Kiviat is a founding partner in Guerra Kiviat Inc., a federal sales consulting firm, primarily oriented to information technology. He is the author of two books on simulation programming languages (SIMSCRIPT II and GASP) and numerous technical papers. The “Kiviat Graph” is widely used in the computer hardware and software performance field, as well as in other disciplines, to portray performance patterns and distinguish modes of behavior. Kiviat was the first technical Director of the Federal Computer Performance Evaluation and Simulation Center (FEDSIM) that was established by the United States Air Force in 1972.
This collection contains three simulation programming language books published in 1963, 1965, and 1967. These books are all autographed by Harry M. Markowitz. Markowitz is best known for his pioneering work in Modern Portfolio Theory, studying the effects of asset risk, return, correlation and diversification on probable investment portfolio returns. He also co-founded a computer software company, CACI, after having developed the programming language SIMSCRIPT.
The Richard E. Nance Papers contain correspondence, articles, technical reports and reprints, manuals, periodicals, videos, books, and other materials documenting Nance’s teaching, research, and professional service in the field of computer simulation. Nance served as the Director of the Systems Research Center at Virginia Tech. He also conducted research for the United State Department of Defense, Naval Surface Weapons Center, on a variety of projects including the Tomahawk cruise missile and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles).
Alan Pritsker's professional library was donated to NCSU Libraries from Purdue University in 2003. Pritsker made key contributions to the field of computer simulation as well as industrial engineering and operations research. He published extensively and served on the faculty of Arizona State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Purdue University. Pritsker remained active in numerous professional societies and governmental organizations. He received numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and professional contributions.
The Julian Reitman Papers include professional papers document Reitman’s work in the field of computer simulation. The collection consists mainly of budget reports and conference proceedings digests from Winter Simulation Conferences, 1968-1998. There are also technical reprints and operational manuals used by Reitman when he was employed by the Norden Division of United Aircraft Corporation. Reitman was one of the founders of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) and has served in active leadership of the WSC since it originated in 1968. He also wrote one of the first simulation textbooks, Computer Simulation Applications: Discrete Event simulation for Synthesis and Analysis of Complex Systems (1971).
The Robert Sargent Papers include teaching materials, publications, research files, presentations, books, and data tapes documenting his work as a Professor at Syracuse University, where he taught simulation courses for over thirty years. Sargent also worked with the United States Air Force at the Rome Air Development Center (RADC) in Rome, New York, in addition to serving on a number of committees within the Department of Defense. There are also materials, including conference programs, documenting Sargent’s involvement with the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) and other professional organizations and meetings.
The Bruce Schmeiser Papers, circa 1960-2014, document various aspects of Dr. Schmeiser's work in the field of computer simulation, where he has made notable contributions to simulation theory, methodology, and various forms of practical applications. Dr. Schmeiser, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University's College of Engineering, earned his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in 1975. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and a recipient of the I-Sim Distinguished Service Award (1997) and the David F. Baker Distinguished Service Award from IIE (2004). Schmeiser has been a leader in the activities of the INFORMS Simulation Society and the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC).
The collection includes publications, reprints, and papers relating to Ingolf Ståhl’s work in computer simulation. His teaching at the Stockholm School of Economics has focused on the use of discrete-event simulation, or stochastic dynamic simulation. The collection includes materials on General Purpose Simulation Systems (GPSS) and its derivatives, Micro-GPSS and WebGPSS. Ståhl is professor emeritus of the Stockholm School of Economics, a business school in Stockholm, Sweden.
This collection includes videotapes from the Winter Simulation Conference (WSM) in 1992 and 1999. Wilson has been a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty at NCSU since 1991. His areas of interest are in probabilistic and statistical issues in the design and analysis of large-scale simulation experiments.
The Paul Roth Papers include technical reports, proceedings, computer disks, and other items that document Roth’s professional contributions to the field of computer simulation. Roth is retired from Virginia Tech as Associate Professor of Computer Science. Roth was a pioneer in the field of computer simulation and was twice elected as Chairman of the ACM’s simulation sub-group. His career also included affiliation with the National Bureau of Standards, Burroughs Corporation, and General Electric.