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VMNet: Realistic Emulation of Wireless Sensor Networks
February 2007 (vol. 18 no. 2)
pp. 277-288

Abstract—Many research activities on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) need detailed performance statistics about protocols, systems, and applications; however, current simulation tools and testbeds lack mechanisms to report these statistics realistically and conveniently. To address this need, we have developed a WSN emulator, VMNet. VMNet emulates networked sensor nodes at the level of CPU clock cycles and executes the binary code of real applications directly. It emulates the radio channel with loss and noise as well as emulates the peripherals in sufficient detail. Moreover, VMNet takes parameter values from the real world and logs detailed runtime information of emulated nodes. Consequently, the application performance, both in response time and in power consumption, is reported realistically in VMNet, as demonstrated by our comparison studies with real sensor networks.

Index Terms:
Emulation, wireless sensor networks, performance evaluation.
Hejun Wu, Qiong Luo, Pei Zheng, Lionel M. Ni, "VMNet: Realistic Emulation of Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 277-288, Feb. 2007, doi:10.1109/TPDS.2007.33
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