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  • Drone


    What is Drone?

    Drone is a tool for automatically running batch jobs of a simulation program. It allows sweeps over arbitrary sets of parameters, as well as multiple runs for each parameter set, with a separate random seed for each run. The runs may be executed either on a single computer or over the Internet on a set of remote hosts. Drone is written in Expect (an extension to the Tcl scripting language) and runs under Unix. It was originally designed for use with the Swarm agent-based simulation framework, but Drone can be used with any simulation program that reads parameters from the command line or from an input file.

    The Drone README file and User's Guide are both online.

    Drone was written by Theodore C. Belding for the CAR Group (Michael Cohen, Robert Axelrod, and Rick Riolo).

    This work was supported by the Santa Fe Institute and grant ONR N00014-95-1-0975 from the Office of Naval Research, acting in cooperation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Additional support was provided by the University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

    Drone is copyright (C) 1996 by the Regents of the University of Michigan. It is free software; you can redistribute and modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License. This software comes with absolutely no warranty.

    What's New

    970104: Drone 1.03 has been released. The list of changes is online. There is also a patch to convert Drone 1.02 to Drone 1.03.

    Download Drone

    Download the full Drone 1.03 distribution. (A gzipped version is available.)

    The documentation is included in the Drone distribution and is also available separately:
    Download the Drone README file.
    Download the Drone User's Guide in PostScript format, for US Letter paper. (A gzipped version is available.)
    Download the Drone User's Guide in PostScript format, for A4 paper. (A gzipped version is available.)
    Download the Drone User's Guide in LaTeX2e format. (A gzipped version is available.)
    Download the Drone User's Guide in HTML format. (A gzipped version is available.)

    Drone email lists

    There is a Drone email list: drone-support@umich.edu. To subscribe or unsubscribe to the list, send email to drone-support-request@umich.edu.

    Links

    The Drone User's Guide contains a set of related URLs.