NATO CSO Launches Further Initiative in Field of Data Farming

13 September 2017

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Since 2010, NATO scientists have explored Data Farming, a process of using fast running simulation models to obtain insight into complex systems. Data farming provides important aid to the top executives in light of the most complex situations that NATO forces are faced with in today's uncertain world.

"Data farming allows the decision maker to more fully understand the landscape of possibilities and thereby make more informed decisions," explained Cdr Federico Santiago Perez-Dueñas, Head Modelling & Simulation Coordination Office. It was the MSG-088 Task Group that started exploring methods and processes for Data Farming. The follow-on MSG-124 Task Group developed a cyber simulation model and a decision support tool, turning the concept into practicable data farming decision support.

"These activities have proven Data Farming ready for application and implementation," stated Cdr. Perez-Dueñas.

The newly established MSG-155 Task Group dubbed "Data Farming Services (DFS) for Analysis and Simulation-based Decision Support", has an objective to make Data Farming accessible and usable by NATO and its nations. It will be accomplished in two phases.

In Phase 1, called Data Farming Architecture and Core Service Development, the initial technical architecture for DFS will be developed. A DFS prototype will be set up, demonstration use cases will be studied, and a DFS road map will be developed. Phase 2 is the proof of concept phase, which will focus on the use cases. They will be conducted in each of the six data farming domains, which are:

  1. Rapid Scensor Prototyping
  2. Model Development
  3. Design of Experiments (DOE)
  4. High Performance Computing (HPC)
  5. Analysis and Visualization
  6. Collaboration

MSG-155 is scheduled for the period 2017-2020. The work group is still looking for further participants, nations and/or organizations to join, and is ready to consider additional potential use cases. The next meeting of MSG-155 will take place 11-15 December 2017 in Munich, Germany.

For more information contact Cdr Federico Santiago Perez-Dueñas ( or one of the co-chairs of MSG-155, Dr. Gary Horne ( or Stephen Seichter (


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