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Deer Dispersal

Dispersal of male deer occurs either when the deer turns 18 months of age or when the mother gives birth to new fawns (see Section 2). As in the sequential model, potential dispersal locations are continually generated up to a maximum number or until a suitable dispersal location is found. If processor PN generates a local grid location, PN will determine if the location is suitable for deer existence. However, message passing is required if the randomly generated grid cell is not local to the current processor. If PN generates a grid location that is owned by processor PN, the entire deer structure is sent as a message to PN, after updating the deer's row and column to the new grid position.

Upon receipt of the deer message from PN, PN will determine whether the deer's row and column location is suitable. If so, the deer is inserted into the deer array owned by PN. Whether or not the deer remains on PN, a message is sent back to PN indicating suitability of the dispersal location.

If the response message from PN indicates suitable dispersal habitat, the deer is removed from PN's deer array and the dispersal process is complete. However, if the response indicates unsuitability, another grid location is generated and the process is repeated. If, after generating a maximum number of potential dispersal locations, no suitable grid cell is found, the deer's row and column fields are reset to the original values and the deer will remain at its initial grid position. A flowchart illustrating the dispersal process is shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8: Deer dispersal process on processors PN and PN.

Michael W. Berry (
Wed Oct 11 14:53:18 EDT 1995