1st International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems

Research Article

Interface connecting the INET simulation framework with the real world

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2008.3060,
        author={Michael T\'{y}xen and Irene R\'{y}ngeler and Erwin P. Rathgeb},
        title={Interface connecting the INET simulation framework with the real world},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={SIMUTOOLS},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={SCTP Omnet++ INET ExtInterface},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2008.3060}
    }
    
  • Michael Tüxen
    Irene Rüngeler
    Erwin P. Rathgeb
    Year: 2010
    Interface connecting the INET simulation framework with the real world
    SIMUTOOLS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2008.3060
Michael Tüxen1,*, Irene Rüngeler1,*, Erwin P. Rathgeb2,*
  • 1: Münster University of Applied Sciences, Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informatik, Stegerwaldstrasse 39 D-48565 Steinfurt, Germany
  • 2: University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Experimental Mathematics, Ellernstrasse 29 D-45326 Essen, Germany
*Contact email: tuexen@fh-muenster.de, i.ruengeler@fh-muenster.de, erwin.rathgeb@iem.unidue.de

Abstract

The INET framework for the widely used OMNeT++ simulation environment supports discrete event simulation for IP-based networks. During the development of a simulation model for the new IETF transport protocol SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol), INET was extended to also support external interfaces. These interfaces allow to set up hybrid scenarios where simulated nodes communicate with real external IP-based nodes. This paper will first give a short introduction to the OMNeT++ simulation environment and the INET framework. Then the requirements for the external interfaces will be discussed and some implementation aspects will be described. Hybrid scenarios offer a whole range of potential applications which will also be presented briefly. The performance of this technique is crucial for its applicability. Therefore, several test setups are evaluated to verify the feasibility of this approach.