2nd International ICST Workshop on OMNeT++

Research Article

HttpTools: A Toolkit for Simulation of Web Hosts in OMNeT++

        author={Kristj\^{a}n Valur J\^{o}nsson},
        title={HttpTools: A Toolkit for Simulation of Web Hosts in OMNeT++},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Workshop on OMNeT++},
        keywords={Simulation HTTP Internet Web applications OMNeT++},
  • Kristján Valur Jónsson
    Year: 2010
    HttpTools: A Toolkit for Simulation of Web Hosts in OMNeT++
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2009.5589
Kristján Valur Jónsson1,*
  • 1: Laboratory for Dependable Secure Systems, Reykjavik University, 103, Reykjavik, Iceland.
*Contact email: kristjanvj04@ru.is


Simulation studies have proven useful in networking research, as large-scale trials are often difficult to carry out in a reliable manner on deployed systems. This also applies to research in Web-based systems and applications, which are already an important part of our daily computing experience, and will surely proliferate in the coming years. However, support for high-fidelity simulation ofWeb browser and server nodes is currently lacking in the OMNeT++ community. This paper describes a set of components, HttpTools, for simulation of Web hosts in OMNeT++. The toolkit consists of browser, server and global controller objects, which extend the INET framework and utilize its existing TCP simulation implementation for transport. We describe our components and report initial verification trials.