Welcome to the 2008 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications (DS-RT 2008), held this year in Vancouver, Canada.


This year’s DS-RT received a large number of submissions of which 24 have been accepted as regular papers. DS-RT serves a focussed and highly technical community and this is reflected in the particularly high standard of submissions continually reported by the esteemed program committee. The Symposium prides itself on quality rather than quantity.

We are delighted that Steve Turner ,and Tom Furness, who accepted our invitations and will provide keynote talks at the symposium. In addition to the regular program, a special session has been organized by Dr. Ming Zhang on DEVS, and a highly set of demos and posters has been organized by both Drs. Emiliano Casalicchio and Damla Turgut.


Vancouver, situated on Canada's east coast, enjoys a milder climate than much of Canada.As hosts to the 2010 winter olympics, it boasts a plethora of sporting facilities, as well as ample opportunities for outdoor recreation with 3200 acres of parks and 11 miles of beaches. The North Shore mountains are a 30 minute drive away offering skiing or mountain biking depending on the seasons.The city also features an art gallery with 7900 items valued over $100 million with many items by Emily Carr.In addition to Vancouver museum, there is a museum of Anthropology and a maritime museum, as well as the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre.On Granville St, there is an entertainment district with a vibrant nightlife. Don't miss it!


We would like to thank all members of the organising committee who have contributed in many ways to the success of this year’s symposium. We are particularly grateful to: Abdulmotaleb El-Saddik and, AliousFrescha the Program Co-Chairs, for their work in organising the technical program; Azzedine Boukerche, our Steering Committee Chair, for providing the backbone of the general organisation; Damla Turgut and Emiliano Casalicchio our Poster and Demos Co-Chairs; Luciano Bononi and Marco Di Felice our Webmaster and System Co-Chairs;Mirela Moretti Sechi Annoni Notare our publicity chair; our Local Arrangement Chair K. El-Khatib; and Ming Zhang, our chair for the Special Session on DEVS. Special thanks are given to Georgios K. Theodoropoulos for his contribution as Co-Program Chair of the conference in previous years.



David Roberts

University of Salford, UK