May 31-June 2, 2021

Suffolk, Virginia, USA

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ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (PADS)
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The 2021 ACM SIGSIM PADS will take place at Old Dominion University VMASC on May 31-June 2, 2021 in Suffolk, Virginia, U.S.A. as a virtual conference.

The annual PADS conference has a long history dating back to 1985. The conference was formerly known under the name Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, and before that simply Parallel and Distributed Simulation. Over the years PADS has broadened its scope beyond its origins in parallel and distributed simulation and now encompasses virtually all research that lies at the intersection of the computer science and the modeling and simulation fields. Specifically, many research topics not related to parallel or distributed model execution are now included.

SIGSIM PADS provides a unique forum for reporting and discussing research results and important topics of interest to the M&S community. SIGSIM PADS is the flagship conference of ACM's Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM) and is fully sponsored by that organization.


Online Participation

All attendees will participate by remotely connecting online. Connection information will be communicated to registered participants.


Cash Prize

Thanks to sponsorship from VMASC, we are pleased to announce a cash price for the best paper award and a cash price for the most engaging video presentation.


Important Deadlines

Click Authors Info on the top menu to see how to prepare and submit your paper before the deadline!


  Deadline, Midnight (EST)

Abstract Submission (required for all papers)

January 17, 2021

Full Paper Submission

January 31, 2021
February 14, 2021

NEW! Late-breaking short paper submission
(Does not require an abstract submission)

February 14, 2021

Paper Notification of Acceptance

March 21, 2021

Applications for Travel Grants

March 31, 2021

Ph.D. Colloquium Submission

March 31, 2021

Ph.D. Colloquium Notification of Acceptance

April 11, 2021

Regular/Short Paper Camera-Ready Version

April 11, 2021

Conference on

May 31-June 2, 2021


Artifact Evaluation

Authors submitting contributions to the conference can decide to opt in the Artifact Evaluation initiative. After a paper is accepted, an independent group of evaluators will collect any artifact associated with the publication, in order to reproduce the experiments presented in the paper. If the reproducibility succeeds, the paper will be stamped with special badges, showing whether the artifacts were available, functional or reusable or if the results presented in the paper have been reproduced. A report with the reproducibility results will be published to reward the authors who take the trouble to create useful documentation and artifacts beyond the paper, and to increase the visibility of reproduced research. In no way this initiative is related to acceptance of the paper: contributions which opt-in do not have higher acceptance chances, nor accepted papers associated with artifacts which are not reproducible will be excluded from the proceedings. For more information, please see the Artifact Evaluation page.


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