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An Introduction to Network Modeling and Simulation for the Practicing Engineer

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2011
Author(s): Burbank, J.; Kasch, W.; Ward, J.
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: Communication, Networking & Broadcasting ;  Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems ;  Computing & Processing (Hardware/Software) ;  Signal Processing & Analysis
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Abstract

Clear guidelines and rules for using the latest modeling and simulation tools

With this practical guide as a reference, engineers and students can select and take full advantage of the best tools for network modeling and simulation (M\&S). It alerts readers to all the potential pitfalls that can occur in developing and implementing network M\&S, offering a clear set of rules to streamline the entire process and ensure the validity of results. The book focuses on wireless network M\&S; however, the authors' expert advice, based on their own firsthand experience and review of the current literature, is applicable to network M\&S in general.

An Introduction to Network Modeling and Simulation for the Practicing Engineer begins with a brief summary of the advantages and disadvantages of M\&S as well as an overview of common M\&S tools. Next, it explores the core components of wireless network M\&S:

  • Radio frequency propagation M\&

  • Physical layer M\&S

  • Medium access control M\&S

  • Higher layer M\&S

After discussing each of these components, the authors explain how they can be integrated in order to perform M\&S of a complete wireless networking system. Throughout the book, examples guide readers through each M\&S task, with descriptive diagrams providing additional clarification.

In many cases, M\&S is the only viable way to understand the behavior of a proposed network prior to its deployment. Working with An Introduction to Network Modeling and Simulation for the Practicing Engineer, readers can ensure that their models and simulations are as accurate a reflection of reality as possible.