Towards Repeatable Wireless Network Simulation Using Performance Aware Markov Model

Zhiwei Zhao University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, P.R. China
Wei Dong Zhejiang University, P.R. China
Geyong Min University of Exeter, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Gonglong Chen Zhejiang University, P.R. China
Tao Gu RMIT University, Australia
Jiajun Bu Zhejiang University, P.R. China


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.

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