Evaluation and selection method of network simulation tools

  • Alexander García Dávalos Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali
  • Lina Marcela Escobar Paz Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali
  • Andrés Navarro Cadavid Universidad Icesi, Cali
  • Andrés Vásquez Mejía Universidad Icesi, Cali
Keywords: Simulation, wireless networks, evaluation, selection, cost function.

Abstract

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.

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Author Biographies

Alexander García Dávalos, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali
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Lina Marcela Escobar Paz, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali
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Andrés Navarro Cadavid, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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Andrés Vásquez Mejía, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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Published
2011-03-01
Section
Working papers