Evaluation and selection method of network simulation tools

Alexander García Dávalos, Lina Marcela Escobar Paz, Andrés Navarro Cadavid, Andrés Vásquez Mejía


Currently exists many software tools designed for Network Simulation (both commercial and Open source), situation that present an important decision to make for many researchers: Which tool use for network simulation? This paper proposes a method for evaluation/selection of network simulation tools, based in two key factors: ISO/IEC 9126-1 standard, which defines a quality model for software evaluation; and a cost function, based on values assigned to each one of the six items defined by ISO/IEC 9126-1. This method allows an expert based classification for each of the analyzed tools. We executed a test for NS-2 and NCTUns network simulation tools and obtained results was contrasted with technical reports and scientific articles related with network simulation tools.


Simulation; wireless networks; evaluation; selection; cost function.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18046/syt.v9i16.1029


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