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[Swarm Announce] Membership in Swarm Development Group

From: Steve Railsback
Subject: [Swarm Announce] Membership in Swarm Development Group
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 07:23:27 -0800
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Hello Swarm users and agent-based modelers:

Voluntary membership fees are the primary funding source for Swarm Development Group---the way we finance services such as maintaining Swarm and upgrading it to work on new operating systems and hardware, and conducting SwarmFest.

None of us at SDG are paid to support Swarm, or to work on the wiki, or to organize SwarmFest. So when substantial tasks need to be done, we must pay for them. Among the projects we are considering supporting, if we can afford to, are:

o Updating libraries needed to run Swarm on 64-bit MacOX and Linux hardware; o A reimplementation of Swarm in the C# language for use with Microsoft's .NET environment and Visual Studio IDE, and the public domain MONO environment; o A reimplementation of Objective-C Swarm in the Cocoa and GNUStep environments; and o Porting Swarm for use on the new Cell processor, which has a dual core and 8 subprocessors.

We just updated our membership page at: http://www.swarm.org/wiki/SDG_membership Please take a look at it and consider membership. SDG membership fees can be included in grant proposals and research budgets, and they are tax-deductible. (Then, feel free to provide feedback on the development projects listed above.)

Steve Railsback for the Swarm Development Group board of directors

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