The Virtual Marathon: Parallel Computing Supports Crowd Simulations

Erdal Yilmaz, Veysi Isler, Yasemin Y. Cetin
Middle East Technical University
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, Vol. 29, No. 4. (July 2009), pp. 26-33


   title={The virtual marathon: parallel computing supports crowd simulations},

   author={Yilmaz, E. and Isler, V. and {c{C}}etin, Y.Y.},

   journal={Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE},








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To be realistic, an urban model must include appropriate numbers of pedestrians, vehicles, and other dynamic entities. Using a parallel computing architecture, researchers simulated a marathon with more than a million participants. To simulate participant behavior, they used fuzzy logic on a GPU to perform millions of inferences in real time.
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