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Real-Time Network Emulation with ns-2

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2 Author(s)
Mahrenholz, D. ; University of Magdeburg ; Ivanov, S.

The network simulator ns-2 implements both wireless networks and emulation — a feature that allows to simulate a network environment among real stations. However, the real-time requirements of a network emulation introduce an inaccurate timing behavior of the simulator scheduler. These timing errors have a negative impact on the performance of network protocols in ns-2. Even more, they lead to false simulation results in the IEEE 802.11 protocol implementation. In this paper we present performance improvements in ns-2, that increase the accuracy of its virtual clock and the the exactness of the real-time simulation. Then we describe a simple time monitoring and correction technique that ensures a timely correct execution of network protocols and enables wireless network emulation in ns-2.

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Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications, 2004. DS-RT 2004. Eighth IEEE International Symposium on

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21-23 Oct. 2004