Chapter 6. Installation Guide

Tools
Complete IDE
Eclipse and the Agent Modeling Tools
Extensions
Ascape
Repast
Models
Obtaining Example Models
Team Project Sets
From Version Control Systems

Tools

Complete IDE

You may already have obtained a complete IDE bundled with AMP and other modeling tools. The project contributors offer open source and commercial versions of the AMP tools, which you can find at their sites. If so, you can mostly ignore this chapter unless you want to install an optional component like Repast.

Eclipse and the Agent Modeling Tools

You can find more detailed instructions here, but here are the basic steps.

  1. Install the latest version of Eclipse from here. AMP requires version 3.5.x (Gallieo) or higher. Version 3.6 (Hellos) which is currently a development (beta) release works well too. We recommend the "Classic" release at the bottom of the page as the other releases have a bunch of stuff you wont' need.

  2. Add update sites for AMP and AMP dependencies. See the screenshot below and the Eclipse Documentation. There are different versions of the update sites, depending on whether you want to use the most stable version of the toolset or the "latest and greatest". The update sites are listed below.

  3. (Optional) If you install and AMP extensions, add Update Sites for them -- they're also listed below.

  4. Select the features that you want to install.

  5. Click the Next button, review the licenses, and then click Finish.

Agent Modeling Platform update sites:

Milestones (recommended): http://download.eclipse.org/amp/updates/milestones
Interim (newer): http://download.eclipse.org/amp/updates/interim
Nightly (bleeding edge): http://download.eclipse.org/amp/updates/nightly

Update sites for AMP Extensions

AGF 3D (recommended): http://lwjgl.org/update
AMF for Ascape (recommended for Java developers): http://ascape.sourceforge.net/eclipse
AMF for Repast (for people using Repast): http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/repastsimphony/site.xml (non P2)

In the following screenshot, we've added the LWJGL site (not shown) as well as the Ascape site (not shown), but not the Repast site, and we're about to install the respective features.

Once you've done that, select the Help > Help Contents menu, find the Agent Modeling Guide and open this overview page within that guide.

Extensions

Ascape

For licensing and copyright reasons we can't provide all of the Ascape tools and manual on the Eclipse hosted Agent Modeling Project site. None of these tools are necessary to use AMP (the core Ascape support is an IP approved part of the AMP distribution) but they're highly recommended. The Ascape tools include:

  1. An excellent Manual covering programming Java models in Ascape and Escape. (The API is the same.)

  2. Support for creating Ascape Java projects and executing the Swing-based Java Applications. Swing deployed Ascape Java Applications can be as small as 10MB and can be deployed to the web.

  3. Eclipse based IDE support for plain Java Ascape projects.

The Ascape update site is at:

http://ascape.sourceforge.net/eclipse

To install Ascape, use the update manager. Select Help > Install New Software...", add the Ascape update site, select the Ascape category and click the Finish button.

Repast

The Repast update site is at:

http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/repastsimphony/site.xml

More information on downloading and installing repast can be found here. Follow the instrucitons for "Configuration B".

Models

Obtaining Example Models

There is a cheat-sheet available for obtaining the example models. If you would rather obtain them yourself, here is the CVS information:

Team Project Sets

You can use the following team project sets. See this document for more information about using project sets.

http://eclipse.org/amp/project-sets/ascape.psf
http://eclipse.org/amp/project-sets/escapeAMFExamples.psf

From Version Control Systems

Import the CVS projects from the AMP project repository. For help, see this page. Here are the details for CVS Access:

CVS Repository:

Connection type: pserver
User: anonymous
Password: [none]
Host: dev.eclipse.org
Path: /cvsroot/modeling
Module: /org.eclipse.amp

AMF Escape Models:

org.eclipse.amp/org.eclipse.amp.amf/examples/org.eclipse.amp.amf.examples.escape 

AMF Ascape and Repast Models:

org.eclipse.amp/org.eclipse.amp.amf/examples/org.eclipse.amp.amf.examples.ascape 
org.eclipse.amp/org.eclipse.amp.amf/examples/org.eclipse.amp.amf.examples.repast 

The Ascape example projects are available at the Sourceforge SVN server. You can get them at the following locations. See the http://www.eclipse.org/subversive/documentation/teamSupport/find_check_wiz.php Subversive User Guide for more information about using SVN. (You'll need to install Subversion if you don't already have it.)

Escape Java Models:

https://ascape.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/ascape/org.ascape.models.brook
https://ascape.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/ascape/org.ascape.models.examples

Ascape (Swing-based) Java Models:

https://ascape.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/ascape/org.ascape.escape.models.examples
https://ascape.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/ascape/org.ascape.escape.models.brook