European Distributed Interactive Simulation Over Network EDISON is a European research project co-funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Esprit Programme. It started in March 1998 and will end in September 2000. The aim of the EDISON project is to specify, develop, experiment and exploit a generic and integrated architecture for Distributed Interactive Simulation Facilities (DISF), in order to support interaction and cooperative work between geographically distributed facilities for simulation modelling, processing and post-processing. The EDISON infrastructure is a modular package which includes: a simulation framework providing the applications with common simulation services (scheduling, real-time kernel, etc...), a middleware containing the vital services necessary for distributed simulations (time management, intelligent distribution mechanisms, extrapolation and prediction mechanisms to hide network latencies and jitter, etc...), a communication framework, a supervisor and groupware functions. This infrastructure is qualified through three pilot applications, each focusing on a different utilisation paradigm and a different phase in a system life-cycle. The « HardWare-In-the-Loop » pilot application consists in a system validation of the ATV-ISS space rendez-vous (the Automated Transfer Vehicle is a spacecraft which docks automatically to the International Space Station in order to refuel and resupply it). The « Numerical Models » pilot application deals with the engineering analysis of vibroacoustic effects in manned space systems and car design. The « Man-In-the-Loop » pilot application, based on a mission rehearsal exercise, involves the space European Robotic Arm (ERA) and ATV teleoperations by ISS astronauts or ground operators. The DISF approach can be used to solve simulation problems only attainable in the past either within long time frames or at the cost of expensive computer facilities. The use of geographically Distributed and Interactive Simulation Facilities is therefore of paramount interest to reduce facilities overall costs (non- duplication of components, teams knowledge and skills), to allow the interactive use of remote simulation resources, making the work more flexible and efficient, to shorten the development cycle of new systems by anticipating detection of design, integration or operational problems, to minimize travels and long collocation of experts. The EDISON partnership is centered on strong involvement and commitment of industrial companies, acting primarily as users of EDISON: AEROSPATIALE (as coordinator of the project), ALENIA AEROSPAZIO Space Division, ITALDESIGN, FOKKER SPACE, DLR and D3. They will bring in not only their know-how and business oriented perspective on user requirements and EDISON operational validation but also they will make available existing simulation environments, applications, and end-users skills to support technology insertion and development objectives. These main companies will be supported by three specialized ones : University of Stuttgart (RUS) and University of Paris (LIP6) for the network activities, SILICON WORLDS for the applications of virtual reality in simulation process. 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