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Dominik Guse, "A Comparative Study of Network Simulation Software for the Simulative Evaluation of Wireless LANs," Bachelor Thesis, Department of Computer Science, Paderborn University, November 2017. (Advisors: Florian Klingler and Christoph Sommer)


Modern technologies rely more and more on wireless connectivity. For research on these technologies most of the times analytical approaches are not sufficient. Still prototypical approaches are often not feasible either. Due to this we need network simulation software to simulate these interconnected devices. Unfortunately current academia is not using one single tool for this purpose, but different network simulators. This raises the question of comparability between these simulators. My goal is to make them comparable to this end I first evaluate the features of multiple network simulation tools that are currently used. Second I compare two of these tools, namely NS-3 and INET (an OMNeT++ framework), with regard to the whether or not they correctly simulate an already examined problem: head of line blocking in unicast. Specificly I measured the delays in a scenario that ensures the occurrence of the head of line blocking- problem. The results show that both tools simulate this problem but NS-3 is closer to the given reference results. I therefore conclude that the generated results of the two tools are comparable although each simulator has assets and drawbacks with regard to multiple aspects which makes them suitable for different purposes.

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    author = {Guse, Dominik},
    advisor = {Klingler, Florian and Sommer, Christoph},
    title = {{A Comparative Study of Network Simulation Software for the Simulative Evaluation of Wireless LANs}},
    institution = {Department of Computer Science},
    year = {2017},
    month = {November},
    school = {Paderborn University},
    type = {Bachelor Thesis},

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