Multi-Platform Distributed Simulator Component Loader
Orchid® Network Loader (Orchid® NL) is L3 MAPPS' tool for detecting and controlling simulation software over the network. Orchid® NL supports both Linux and Windows platforms, and works by detecting instances of itself installed across the computer network.
Through Orchid® NL, users can:
- Load and unload the simulation
- Monitor the status of simulations on the different servers across the network
- Identify which machines are online and communicating with other network machines
- Synchronize elements across different computers
Orchid® NL is designed to execute predefined scripts across the simulation network computers, allowing its users to load all the distributed elements of a simulation from a single station, with the click of a button. Regardless of the programs needed to be loaded for the simulation, Orchid® NL will dispatch the load and unload commands across the network, including the plant simulation on the simulation server, the instructor station programs on several workstations, and any other programs on stimulated devices and peripheral machines.
Orchid® NL’s usefulness is also demonstrated in the classroom setting, allowing instructors to configure and launch the simulation on the various desktops in a classroom. The instructor could choose to load different plant simulations on each student’s computer or configure the entire classroom to run under a single environment.
Orchid® NL also offers powerful synchronization features, allowing users to synchronize various elements of the simulation software across the network machines. Using Orchid® NL, users can dispatch new simulation configurations to all desired server machines, simplifying the configuration update process and eliminating configuration management errors.
- Monitoring status and activity of the separate computers on the network
- Defining subgroups for different simulation networks (classroom, hard panel, etc.)
- Synchronizing feature to dispatch updated elements of the configuration to the selected machines across the network
- Open architecture for creating new scripts and services
- Support for more advanced networking functionality
- Visual warning when a computer is taken offline
- Auto starts when a computer is brought online
- Simple and easy loading and unloading of the different simulation components
- Provides real-time feedback on network status
- Manages all distributed elements during a simulation load and unload
- Reduces the reliance on simulator staff for loading/unloading of simulator and its components
- Allows for shorter reload times
- Provides synchronizing features, helping to reduce maintenance efforts