A Simulation Scheduling Module to Improve User Experience in the Simugan Beef-Cattle Farm Simulator

Authors

  • Mauricio Arroqui Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7893-807X
  • Juan Francisco Ferreira Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina).
  • Maximiliano Omar Roselli Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0528-931X
  • Juan Rodriguez Alvarez Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5108-078X
  • Claudio Fabian Machado Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8172-899X
  • Cristian Mateos Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET) https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5761-1898
  • Alejandro Zunino Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9537-3541

Keywords:

Scheduling , Simugan, Distributed Computing

Abstract

At the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the National University of Central Buenos Aires a client-server Beef-Cattle Farm simulator called Simugan has been developed. Simugan allows users to experiment over a virtual farm in a simple and low cost way compared with real farm conditions. Users can submit single simulation scenarios or multiple simulation scenarios packaged in an experimentation, where each scenario is a complete farm configuration. This is a key feature important in farm research, but with the drawback that some users might experiment long wait times for simulation results because of the amount of simulations the underlying hardware architecture has to process. Consequently, an heuristic scheduler module was added to Simugan producing a more equitative use of computer resources and an improvement of 41 % in users flow time, a popular metric to quantify how much time user simulations spend in the back end and hence a way of measuring deviations in user’s waiting times.

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Author Biographies

Mauricio Arroqui, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET)

Investigador Asistente del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET) en el Instituto Superior de Ingeniería de Software de Tandil (ISISTAN) y docente de la Fac.Cs. Exactas en la Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). Obtuvo el título de Dr. en Ciencias de la Computación en el año 2014 en la UNCPBA-Argentina.

Juan Francisco Ferreira, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina).

Ingeniero de Sistemas recibido en el año 2020 en la Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina).

Maximiliano Omar Roselli, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina).

Ingeniero de Sistemas recibido en el año 2020 en la Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina).

Juan Rodriguez Alvarez, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina).

Docente de la Fac. Cs. Exactas en la Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). Obtuvo el título de Dr. en Ciencias de la Computación en el año 2018 en la UNCPBA-Argentina.

Claudio Fabian Machado, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina).

Profesor e investigador de la Fac. Cs. Vet., Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). Obtuvo el título de Mg.en Producción Animal en el año 1993 en la U. de Chile, Chile y en el 2004 el título de Dr. en Ciencia Animal en la Universidad de Massey, Nueva Zelanda.

Cristian Mateos, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET)

Investigador Independiente del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET) en el Instituto Superior de Ingeniería de Software de Tandil (ISISTAN) y profesor de la Fac.Cs. Exactas en la Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). Obtuvo el título de Dr. en Ciencias de la Computación en el año 2008 en la UNCPBA-Argentina.

Alejandro Zunino, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET)

Investigador Principal del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET) en el Instituto Superior de Ingeniería de Software de Tandil (ISISTAN) y profesor de la Fac.Cs. Exactas en la Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA-Argentina). Obtuvo el título de Dr. en Ciencias de la Computación en el año 2003 en la UNCPBA-Argentina.

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Published

2021-09-27

How to Cite

Arroqui, M., Ferreira, J. F., Roselli, M. O. ., Alvarez, J. R. ., Machado, C. F., Mateos, C., & Zunino, A. . (2021). A Simulation Scheduling Module to Improve User Experience in the Simugan Beef-Cattle Farm Simulator. IEEE Latin America Transactions, 100(XXX). Retrieved from https://latamt.ieeer9.org/index.php/transactions/article/view/5351