EcoLab is both the name of a software package and a research project that is looking at the dynamics of evolution. EcoLab the software package is now a fairly complete agent-based simulation system, with the following features: The model is implemented as a C++ object. Support for more advanced data structures and algorithms are available through C++’s standard library. A scripting language TCL can access the model’s methods and instance variables, allowing experiments to be set up dynamically at runtime. The model can be run in GUI mode through the use of Tk and BLT widgets. Various graphs and histogramming tools are available for use. The same model can be run in batch mode by using a different script. The model can be probed dynamically with the object browser. The model can be saved to a checkpoint file, or transferred periodically over a socket connection to another copy of Ecolab acting as a visualisation client. Various types of random number generators are available through the UNURAN library or through the GNUSL. A form of SPMD parallel programming is provided through ClassdescMP. EcoLab models may also use Graphcode library to implement a distributed network of agents over an MPI-based cluster computer.

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  1. Channon, Alastair: Unbounded evolutionary dynamics in a system of agents that actively process and transform their environment (2006) ioport
  2. Russell K. Standish, Duraid Madina: Classdesc and Graphcode: support for scientific programming in C++ (2006) not zbMATH
  3. Standish, Russell K.: Going stupid with ecolab (2006) ioport
  4. Standish, Russell K.; Leow, Richard: Ecolab: Agent based modeling for C++ programmers (2004) ioport
  5. Russell K. Standish; Duraid Madina: ClassdescMP: Easy MPI Programming in C++ (2003) not zbMATH
  6. Birol, İnanç; Teymour, Fouad: Statics and dynamics of multiple cubic autocatalytic reactions (2000)