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    Unknown User, 12/07/2014 20:04

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    PAPER: 9 TITLE: Coordination Mechanisms for the Modelling and Simulation of Stochastic Systems: The Case of Uniform Primitives AUTHORS: Stefano Mariani and Andrea Omicini

    OVERALL EVALUATION: 2 (accept) REVIEWER'S CONFIDENCE: 4 (high)


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    The paper, starting by the limits of purely non-deterministic coordination models (e.g. LINDA), proposes a specialization of standard tuple-based coordination primitives that is based on matching tuples according to a uniform distribution (uniform primitives). The paper presents also several examples to show the possible implication of uniform primitives on the observable behavior of different coordinated systems.

    With respect to the WOA 2013 paper, this version fits the scope of the M&S Magazine both in its content and organization; my main suggestions for improving the paper are the following:

    • In the "Related Work" Section, a table should be included to provide a comparison (with respect to some main identified features) between the proposal and the other related ones;
    • In the "Uniform Primitives" Section, a table that summarizes the standard LINDA operations, the proposed specializations, their semantics and use could improve the readability of the section.

     REVIEW 2 

    PAPER: 9 TITLE: Coordination Mechanisms for the Modelling and Simulation of Stochastic Systems: The Case of Uniform Primitives AUTHORS: Stefano Mariani and Andrea Omicini

    OVERALL EVALUATION: 2 (accept) REVIEWER'S CONFIDENCE: 3 (medium)


     REVIEW 

    This is a good and interesting paper. Sometimes, however, the paper is not always accessible to all readers as a magazine would require. I suggest to introduce some more intuitive examples in the section 2 concerning nature-inspired coordination mechanisms. To explain better, the examples that are present now are too much at a high level to really help understanding the problem. Some more concrete example surely would help the reader. At page 4, para that starts with "Also, ...". The comparison between your uniform primitives w.r.t. ProbLinCa e pKLAIM is not clear. Please, add some intuition. At page 5, para that starts with "Operationally, ...", how much does to perform "a snapshot of the tuple space, etc." cost? May this be a  drawback of your approach w.r.t. other approaches? The sentence that starts with "As a consequence, whereas ..." is not intuitive, please, explain better. At page 8, the example is not intuitive.

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