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Developer(s)Office of Naval Research
Operating systemWindows, Linux, and Sun Microsystems
Type3D computer graphics software

Under direction of the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory’s Code 5770 produced the SIMDIS 3-D Analysis and Display Toolset to the US Department of Defense community. SIMDIS provides support for analysis and display of test and training mission data to more than 4000 users. SIMDIS runs on Windows, Linux, and Sun Microsystems workstations with hardware accelerated 3-D graphics and provides identical execution and "look and feel" for all supported platforms. Since SIMDIS requires no additional COTS products or license fees, the Range Commanders Council (RCC) currently lists SIMDIS as a cost savings/avoidance program for the US Department of Defense.

SIMDIS provides either a 2-D or a 3-D display of the normally "seen" data such as platform position and orientation, as well as the "unseen" data such as the interactions of sensor systems with targets, countermeasures, and the environment. It includes custom tools for interactively analyzing and displaying data for equipment modes, spatial grids, ranges, angles, antenna patterns, line of sight and RF propagation. Capability for viewing time synchronized data from either a standalone workstation or multiple networked workstations is also provided.

To meet the needs of range operators, simulation users, analysts, and decision makers SIMDIS provides multiple modes of operation including live display, interactive playback, and scripted multimedia modes. It also provides capability for manipulation of post-processed data and integration with charts, graphs, pictures, audio and video for use in the development and delivery of 3-D visual presentations.

At the Naval Research Laboratory and other sites, SIMDIS has been used for numerous simulation, test and training applications, analyzing disparate test data in a common frame of reference. SIMDIS has been independently accredited and certified by Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) and Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). SIMDIS binaries are released under U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A, meaning it is approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.[NRL 1] It has also been approved for use on the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).

SIMDIS is currently an operational display system for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE), and the Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program’s (CTEIP) Test and Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA). In addition to the Defense community, SIMDIS has also gained acceptance in various other U.S. government organizations and in the foreign community.

SIMDIS has a companion SDK which provides developers a way to embed much of the functionality of SIMDIS into their own application. The SIMDISK SDK is available on[permanent dead link] under U.S. DoD Distribution Statement C, which means distribution is limited to U.S. Government agencies and their contractors.[NRL 2]

NMCI Information[edit]

  • Defense Automated Document Management System ID 18223
  • Integrated Solutions Framework Tools ID 89088

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SIMDIS Visual Analysis & Display". SIMDIS Web site. Naval Research Laboratory. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  2. ^ "LICENSE.txt". SIMDIS-SDK Project Web site. Retrieved 29 October 2013.

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