5th International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities

Research Article

An Integrated Testbed for Virtual Ad Hoc Networks

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/TRIDENTCOM.2009.4976204,
        author={Pratik K. Biswas and Constantin Serban and Alex Poylisher and John Lee and Siun-Chuon Mau and Ritu Chadha and Cho-Yu J. Chiang and Robert Orlando and Kimberly Jakubowski},
        title={An Integrated Testbed for Virtual Ad Hoc Networks},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Testbeds and  Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities},
        keywords={Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs)  Virtual Ad hoc Network (VAN)  emulation  hybrid testbed  shadow nodes  simulated network  simulation  software-in-the-loop (SITL)  virtual machines  virtualization},
  • Pratik K. Biswas
    Constantin Serban
    Alex Poylisher
    John Lee
    Siun-Chuon Mau
    Ritu Chadha
    Cho-Yu J. Chiang
    Robert Orlando
    Kimberly Jakubowski
    Year: 2009
    An Integrated Testbed for Virtual Ad Hoc Networks
    DOI: 10.1109/TRIDENTCOM.2009.4976204
Pratik K. Biswas1,*, Constantin Serban1,*, Alex Poylisher1,*, John Lee1,*, Siun-Chuon Mau1,*, Ritu Chadha1,*, Cho-Yu J. Chiang1,*, Robert Orlando2,*, Kimberly Jakubowski2,*
  • 1: Applied Research, Telcordia Technologies, Inc.
  • 2: U.S. Army CERDEC
*Contact email: pbiswas@research.telcordia.com, serban@research.telcordia.com, sher@research.telcordia.com, jolee@research.telcordia.com, smau@research.telcordia.com, chadha@research.telcordia.com, chiang@research.telcordia.com, Robert.Orlando@us.army.mil, Kim.Jakubowski@us.army.mil


Testing of applications for ad hoc networks poses a special technical challenge due to the difficulty of conducting experiments in an ad hoc network environment at a scale larger than a few nodes. One approach is to conduct experiments in a testbed that can imitate an ad hoc network. This requires the development of technologies that enable multiple instances of unmodified application software on a set of hosts to communicate via a simulated network that behaves like a real ad hoc network. In this paper, we describe the testbed developed under the Virtual Ad hoc Network (VAN) project1 for testing applications over ad hoc networks, with a special focus on network management applications. The testbed employs Xen-based virtualization to achieve resource scalability. The infrastructure for the testbed provides an integrated platform consisting of virtual nodes running the actual software under test, augmented with a simulated network environment. Our goal is to enable software testing over large-scale (500-1000 nodes) ad hoc networks using the VAN Testbed.