3rd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

Research Article

An experiment automation framework for ns-3

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        author={Andrew  Hallagan and Bryan  Ward and L. Felipe  Perrone},
        title={An experiment automation framework for ns-3},
        proceedings={3rd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
        keywords={Simulation tools network simulation best practices},
  • Andrew Hallagan
    Bryan Ward
    L. Felipe Perrone
    Year: 2010
    An experiment automation framework for ns-3
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2010.8821
Andrew Hallagan1,*, Bryan Ward1,*, L. Felipe Perrone1,*
  • 1: Department of Computer Science, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, U.S.A. 17837
*Contact email: andrew.hallagan@bucknell.edu, bryan.ward@bucknell.edu, perrone@bucknell.edu


Recent studies have indicated that tools that automate the execution of simulation experiments can serve to enhance both the usability of network simulators and the credibility of the studies developed with them. In this poster, we present the architecture for an experiment automation framework for the ns-3 network simulator. The architecture was designed with two specific goals in mind. First, it raises the level of abstraction of the ns-3 user interface to make the simulator easier to use in large scale experimental studies. Second, it provides functionalities to guide the user along known correct methodologies for modeling and simulation thereby increasing the confidence one can have in the correctness of the experimental results.