1st International ICST Workshop on Network Simulation Tools

Research Article

Evaluating the goodness of MANETs performance results obtained with the ns-2 simulator

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/nstools.2007.1990,
        author={Jorge Hortelano and Marga N\^{a}cher and Juan-Carlos Cano and Carlos Calafate and Pietro Manzoni},
        title={Evaluating the goodness of MANETs performance results obtained with the ns-2 simulator},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Network Simulation Tools},
        proceedings_a={NSTOOLS},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Simulation ad hoc networks validation.},
        doi={10.4108/nstools.2007.1990}
    }
    
  • Jorge Hortelano
    Marga Nácher
    Juan-Carlos Cano
    Carlos Calafate
    Pietro Manzoni
    Year: 2010
    Evaluating the goodness of MANETs performance results obtained with the ns-2 simulator
    NSTOOLS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/nstools.2007.1990
Jorge Hortelano1, Marga Nácher1, Juan-Carlos Cano1, Carlos Calafate1, Pietro Manzoni1,*
  • 1: Polytechnic University of Valencia Dept. of Computer Engineering Camino de Vera, s/n, 46071 Valencia, SPAIN
*Contact email: pmanzoni@disca.upv.es

Abstract

The development of new protocols and applications for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANET) requires a thorough testing before their deployment in a real environment. Testing is typically based on simulation, even though this might "oversimplify" the problem thus leading to incorrect results. In this work we describe Castadiva, a test bed based on low-cost off-the-shelf devices, which is used to test protocols developed for MANETs. Castadiva is compatible with the file format used by the ns-2 simulator, so it simplifies and allows a fair comparison between the two systems. We compare the results obtained with Castadiva and the ns-2 network simulator, and demonstrate that the ns2 simulator is a reliable tool for the evaluation of MANETs related proposals.