Measurement Challenges for Cyber Cyber Digital Twins: Experiences from the Deployment of Facebook’s WW Simulation System

ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM)


A cyber cyber digital twin is a deployed software model that executes in tandem with the system it simulates, contributing to, and drawing from, the system’s behaviour. This paper outlines Facebook’s cyber cyber digital twin, dubbed WW, a twin of Facebook’s WWW platform, built using web-enabled simulation. The paper focuses on the current research challenges and opportunities in the area of measurement. Measurement challenges lie at the heart of modern simulation. They directly impact how we use simulation outcomes for automated online and semi-automated offline decision making. Measurements also encompas how we verify and validate those outcomes. Modern simulation systems are increasingly becoming more like cyber cyber digital twins, effectively moving from manual to automated decision making, hence, these measurement challenges acquire ever greater significance.

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