VirtualMesh: An Emulation Framework for Wireless Mesh Networks in OMNeT++

Staub, Thomas; Gantenbein, Reto; Braun, Torsten (2009). VirtualMesh: An Emulation Framework for Wireless Mesh Networks in OMNeT++. In: The 2nd International Workshop on OMNeT++ (OMNeT++ 2009) held in conjuction with the 2nd International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques (pp. 1-8). ICST

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Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN) have proven to be a key technology for increased network coverage of Internet infrastructures. The development process for new protocols and architectures in the area of WMN is typically split into evaluation by network simulation and testing of a prototype in a test-bed. Testing a prototype in a real test-bed is time-consuming and expensive. Irrepressible external interferences can occur which makes debugging difficult. Moreover, the test-bed usually supports only a limited number of test topologies. Finally, mobility tests are impractical. Therefore, we propose VirtualMesh as a new testing architecture which can be used before going to a real test-bed. It provides instruments to test the real communication software including the network stack inside a controlled environment. VirtualMesh is implemented by capturing real traffic through a virtual interface at the mesh nodes. The traffic is then redirected to the network simulator OMNeT++. In our experiments, VirtualMesh has proven to be scalable and introduces moderate delays. Therefore, it is suitable for predeployment testing of communication software for WMNs.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Communication and Distributed Systems (CDS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)

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Staub, Thomas and Braun, Torsten








Dimitrios Xenakis

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:23

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28 Nov 2020 02:23

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