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Simulating Mobility and DTNs with the ONE

Ari Ker¨anen , Teemu K¨arkk¨ainen , and J¨org Ott
Aalto University School of Science and Technology Department of Communications and Networking

Abstract—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 examine a range of published simulation studies which demonstrate the simulator’s flexible support for DTN protocol evaluation.

Index Terms—Delay-tolerant Networking, Simulation, Performance Evaluation, Mobility

Cite: Ari Ker¨anen, Teemu K¨arkk¨ainen, and J¨org Ott, "Simulating Mobility and DTNs with the ONE ," Journal of Communications, vol. 5, no. 2, pp.92-105, 2010. Doi: 10.4304/jcm.5.2.92-105


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