SUMMIT for Model/Tool Owners & Developers

As a model owner or developer, SUMMIT provides an avenue for linking your model to other datasets, models, integrated visualization clients, or to other clients and tools. SUMMIT links together existing models and data to create an integrated modeling capability and also distributes SUMMIT repository data over web services to allow other tools to access and leverage this data for emergency management activities. In addition, SUMMIT federates data visualization capabilities for this integrated dataset, providing an integrated common operating picture for modeling and simulation (M&S) results.

Model owners can make their models SUMMIT-compliant to become part of the SUMMIT model library and part of the initial deployments of SUMMIT at the FEMA National Exercise and Simulation Center (NESC) and at various national and regional exercises. Tool owners can make their tools SUMMIT-compatible to communicate with the SUMMIT web services to access SUMMIT repository data for use in their tool.

Through the use of the SUMMIT Software Development Kit (SDK), model and simulation developers can “wrap” their model with an interface that allows the SUMMIT server to communicate with the model. This standardization of models and data has many advantages for the M&S development community. First, making a model SUMMIT-compliant enforces conformance with community-driven data standards (e.g., NIEM), which allows for data exchange with other SUMMIT-compliant models and software toolkits. Further, models that are SUMMIT-compliant will have exposure and usage within the emergency management community, through SUMMIT installations at the FEMA NESC and other partnering federal agencies. This is enabled by SUMMIT’s M&S discovery process which leverages a tagging system that is populated as part of the SUMMIT-compliance process, allowing users to discover all models and data sets applicable to their scenario.

Tool owners can make their tools SUMMIT-compatible to communicate with the SUMMIT web services to access SUMMIT repository data for use in their tool.