Fifth International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

Research Article

A Realistic Simulation Framework for Vehicular Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.simutools.2012.247682,
        author={Manuel Fogue and Piedad Garrido and Francisco J. Martinez and Juan-Carlos Cano and Carlos T. Calafate and Pietro Manzoni},
        title={A Realistic Simulation Framework for Vehicular Networks},
        proceedings={Fifth International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
        keywords={vehicular networks simulation inter-vehicular communication 80211p},
  • Manuel Fogue
    Piedad Garrido
    Francisco J. Martinez
    Juan-Carlos Cano
    Carlos T. Calafate
    Pietro Manzoni
    Year: 2012
    A Realistic Simulation Framework for Vehicular Networks
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.simutools.2012.247682
Manuel Fogue1,*, Piedad Garrido1, Francisco J. Martinez1, Juan-Carlos Cano2, Carlos T. Calafate2, Pietro Manzoni2
  • 1: University of Zaragoza
  • 2: Universitat Politècnica de València
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Research in Vehicular Networks (VNs) has found in simulation the most useful method to test new algorithms and techniques. This is mainly due to the high cost of deploying such systems in real scenarios. When simulating vehicular environments, two different issues must be addressed: mobility and wireless communications. Regarding mobility, several mobility pattern generators have been proposed so far. However, all of them present important drawbacks from the point of view of reproducing realistic mobility over real roadmaps. As for the wireless communications, ns-2 has become one of the most widely used network simulators for wireless communications researchers. However, simulating VNs requires using environments behaving as realistically as possible, and ns-2 presents some deficiencies that make it difficult to obtain accurate vehicular simulations. In this work, we present a realistic simulation framework which combines vehicular mobility over real roadmaps and ns-2 optimizations to obtain more accurate and meaningful results when simulating vehicular environments.