Towards repeatable wireless network simulation using performance aware Markov model

Zhiwei Zhao, Wei Dong, Geyong Min, Gonglong Chen, Tu Gu, Jiajun Bu

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Wireless network simulation is a fundamental service aiming at providing controlled and repeatable environment for protocol design, performance testing, etc. The existing simulators focus on reproducing the packet behaviors on individual links. However, as observed in some recent works, individual link behaviors alone are not enough to characterize the protocol performance. As a result, while the existing works can mimic the link behaviors very closely, they often fail to simulate protocol level performance. In this paper, we propose a novel performance-aware simulation approach which can preserve not only the link-level behaviors but also the performance-level behaviors. We first devise an accurate performance model by combining link quality and the spatial-temporal link correlation. Based on the performance modeling, we then propose a Performance Aware Hidden Markov Model (PA-HMM), where the protocol performance is directly fed into the Markov state transitions. PA-HMM is able to simulate both link-level behaviors and high-level protocol performance. We conduct extensive testbed and simulation experiments with broadcast and anycast protocols. The results show that compared to the state-of-the-art work, 1) the performance model is able to accurately characterize wireless communication performance and 2) the protocol performance is closely simulated as compared to the empirical results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINFOCOM 2018 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781538641286
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, INFOCOM 2018 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 15 Apr 201819 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Conference2018 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, INFOCOM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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