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David Eckhoff and Christoph Sommer, "Simulative Performance Evaluation of Vehicular Networks," in Vehicular Communications and Networks: Architectures, Protocols, Operation and Deployment, Wai Chen (Ed.), Woodhead, 2015, pp. 255–274.


In the 21st century, simulation has become the primary tool for the performance evaluation of vehicular network applications, technology, and protocols. Simulations can be a powerful tool to investigate large-scale networks at low cost. However, both conducting simulations rightdand conducting the right simulationsdare crucial to obtaining meaningful results. First, the level of detail for a model has to be chosen carefullydtoo abstract and it may produce unrealistic results, too complex and it becomes computationally infeasible or requires too much or too fine-grained data (which might only be sparsely available). Running, understanding, and evaluating a simulation is not trivial, and neither is creating new simulation models to represent new protocols or previously unaccounted environmental aspects. This chapter introduces the state of the art in the simulation of vehicular networks, details when and how different, complex real life effects should be captured in a simulation model, and, ultimately, gives guidance on how to obtain meaningful simulation results.

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David Eckhoff
Christoph Sommer

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    author = {Eckhoff, David and Sommer, Christoph},
    doi = {10.1016/B978-1-78242-211-2.00012-X},
    title = {{Simulative Performance Evaluation of Vehicular Networks}},
    pages = {255--274},
    booktitle = {Vehicular Communications and Networks: Architectures, Protocols, Operation and Deployment},
    editor = {Chen, Wai},
    isbn = {978-1-78242-211-2},
    publisher = {Woodhead},
    year = {2015},

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