2nd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

Research Article

The ONE simulator for DTN protocol evaluation

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        author={Ari  Ker\aa{}nen and J\o{}rg  Ott and Teemu  K\aa{}rkk\aa{}inen},
        title={The ONE simulator for DTN protocol evaluation},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
        keywords={Delay-tolerant Networking Simulations Routing},
  • Ari Keränen
    Jörg Ott
    Teemu Kärkkäinen
    Year: 2010
    The ONE simulator for DTN protocol evaluation
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2009.5674
Ari Keränen1,*, Jörg Ott1,*, Teemu Kärkkäinen1,*
  • 1: Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), Department of Communications and Networking.
*Contact email: akeranen@netlab.tkk.fi, teemuk@netlab.tkk.fi, teemuk@netlab.tkk.fi


Delay-tolerant Networking (DTN) enables communication in sparse mobile ad-hoc networks and other challenged environments where traditional networking fails and new routing and application protocols are required. Past experience with DTN routing and application protocols has shown that their performance is highly dependent on the underlying mobility and node characteristics. Evaluating DTN protocols across many scenarios requires suitable simulation tools. This paper presents the Opportunistic Networking Environment (ONE) simulator specifically designed for evaluating DTN routing and application protocols. It allows users to create scenarios based upon different synthetic movement models and real-world traces and offers a framework for implementing routing and application protocols (already including six well-known routing protocols). Interactive visualization and post-processing tools support evaluating experiments and an emulation mode allows the ONE simulator to become part of a real-world DTN testbed. We show sample simulations to demonstrate the simulator's flexible support for DTN protocol evaluation.