The goal of the PSIG Common Simulation Data Committee is to provide a series of recommendations that together provide a common (or standard) simulation definitions language that can be used to define pipeline configurations, pipeline simulation inputs, and pipeline simulation outputs. The language is also designed to be extensible so that individual users or simulation vendors may extend the language to meet application or vendor specific requirements. This paper represents an update on the work and an example of the extensible pipeline simulation language.
The PSIG Standards Committee has been working on a data transfer format for the pipeline simulation community. These efforts led to the adoption of PSIG 001/2003 XPSL (Extensible Pipeline Simulation Language) Plan 1 last year at the Portland, Oregon conference. The XPSL document is currently available for review on the PSIG website. The XPSL Plan document states ‘the goal of the PSIG Common Simulation Data Committee is to provide a series of recommendations that together provide a common (or standard) simulation definition language that can be used to define pipeline configurations, pipeline simulation inputs, and pipeline simulation outputs.’ 1 See http://www.psig.org/Standards/PSIG%20001-2003.pdf The committee has chosen to use the XML (extensible markup language) as its basis. Thus our recommended file format is called XPSL. The resulting simulation definition file is a true XML file viewable with any text editor or XML file viewer. More information on XML is available in the PSIG Standards document referenced earlier in the paper. The XPSL Plan recognizes that any Standards document will require the input of both users and product suppliers. Over the past few months, those PSIG members on the organization's e-mail list have been contacted. Members were given the opportunity to participate in the review process. Members who indicate interest in reviewing the Committee's work will be contacted via e-mail when any new or revised documentation is available on the PSIG website for review. The XPSL Plan document details the industry review process and how recommendations will be officially adopted as approved component parts of the standard. Basically, the process will culminate with the adoption of the candidate recommendations at by the membership of the PSIG at the annual meeting. Please refer to the XPSL Plan for more details. As a start to the review process, the Standard Committee has provided in these proceedings an example of the proposed data input standards using the XPSL format. We ask that the PSIG membership review this document recognizing this is not complete and is a first step in the dialog to a finished product. The Standards Committee values any ideas or suggestions the PSIG membership may have and encourages your input into the process. Committee Members can be contacted via e-mail at the addresses on the PSIG website at www.PSIG.org.
This section of the paper shows how the data is collected, organized, and put into an XPSL format. The first step is to identify the data such as input or output data.