It is my pleasure to introduce you to the beta release of the CLARION Library; an exciting new implementation of the CLARION cognitive architecture (a theory by Ron Sun). I hope you enjoy all of the new features, capabilities, and enhancements that are being made available to you in this release, including:
- A SUBSTANTIAL simplification of the process of building simulating environments using CLARION-based agents
- Improved resource management
- Detailed guides, tutorials, and documentation
- Many more samples
- New features & plugins (e.g., logging and serialization)
- A transition to asynchronous operation
Note that this is a BETA
release, and while we have been developing and testing the code for over a year now, it is still being actively worked-on. With this in mind, you should be aware that some aspects of the library are incomplete or are still in the works at this point. Specifically, this includes:
- The NACS (in development)
- Portions of the documentation, guides and tutorials (incomplete)
- Additional samples
- Several other plugins (in development)
All of this being said, this release has been thoroughly tested and I feel confident that it will serve you well for many of your development needs. Also, note that we are currently working on implementing the NACS. We expect to have this completed by the end of this year and will announce a second beta release at that time (most likely at some point early in January, 2012).
I know that we have been promising this release to many of you for awhile, so we decided to get this release out to our community now while we are still working on the finishing touches for the official 6.1 release. Our goal is to have that release ready by the end of the first quarter in 2012, so stay tuned!
Thank you again for your interest in this exciting new implementation!
Nicholas Wilson, Lead Developer
The CLARION Team