1st International ICST Workshop on OMNeT++

Research Article

Simulating Wireless and Mobile Networks in OMNeT++ The MiXiM Vision

        author={A. K\o{}pke and M. Swigulski and K. Wessel and D. Willkomm and P. T. Klein Haneveld and T. E. V. Parker and O. W Visser and H. S. Lichte and S. Valentin},
        title={Simulating Wireless and Mobile Networks in OMNeT++ The MiXiM Vision},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on OMNeT++},
  • A. Köpke
    M. Swigulski
    K. Wessel
    D. Willkomm
    P. T. Klein Haneveld
    T. E. V. Parker
    O. W Visser
    H. S. Lichte
    S. Valentin
    Year: 2010
    Simulating Wireless and Mobile Networks in OMNeT++ The MiXiM Vision
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2008.3031
A. Köpke1,*, M. Swigulski1,*, K. Wessel1,*, D. Willkomm1,*, P. T. Klein Haneveld2,*, T. E. V. Parker2,*, O. W Visser2,*, H. S. Lichte3,*, S. Valentin3,*
  • 1: Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2: TU Delft, Delft, the Netherlands.
  • 3: University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany.
*Contact email: koepke@tkn.tu-berlin.de, swigulski@tkn.tu-berlin.de, wessel@tkn.tu-berlin.de, willkomm@tkn.tu-berlin.de, P.T.KleinHaneveld@tudelft.nl, T.E.V.Parker@tudelft.nl, O.W.Visser@tudelft.nl, hermann.lichte@upb.de, stefanv@upb.de


Wireless communication has attracted considerable interest in the research community, and many wireless networks are evaluated using discrete event simulators like OMNeT++. Although OMNeT++ provides a powerful and clear simulation framework, it lacks of direct support and a concise modeling chain for wireless communication. Both is provided by MiXiM. MiXiM joins and extends several existing simulation frameworks developed for wireless and mobile simulations in OMNeT++. It provides detailed models of the wireless channel (fading, etc.), wireless connectivity, mobility models, models for obstacles and many communication protocols especially at the Medium Access Control (MAC) level. Further, it provides a user-friendly graphical representation of wireless and mobile networks in OMNeT++, supporting debugging and defining even complex wireless scenarios. Though still in development, MiXiM already is a powerful tool for performance analysis of wireless networks. Its extensive functionality and clear concept may motivate researches to contribute to this open-source project