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MIRRORS: An integrated framework for capturing real world behaviour for models of ad hoc networks

Wenjun Hu, Jon Crowcroft

April 2005, 16 pages

DOI: 10.48456/tr-631


The simulation models used in mobile ad hoc network research have been criticised for lack of realism. While credited with ease of understanding and implementation, they are often based on theoretical models, rather than real world observations. Criticisms have centred on radio propagation or mobility models.

In this work, we take an integrated approach to modelling the real world that underlies a mobile ad hoc network. While pointing out the correlations between the space, radio propagation and mobility models, we use mobility as a focal point to propose a new framework, MIRRORS, that captures real world behaviour. We give the formulation of a specific model within the framework and present simulation results that reflect topology properties of the networks synthesised. Compared with the existing models studied, our model better represent real world topology properties and presents a wider spectrum of variation in the metrics examined, due to the model encapsulating more detailed dynamics. While the common approach is to focus on performance evaluation of existing protocols using these models, we discuss protocol design opportunities across layers in view of the simulation results.

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  author =	 {Hu, Wenjun and Crowcroft, Jon},
  title = 	 {{MIRRORS: An integrated framework for capturing real world
         	   behaviour for models of ad hoc networks}},
  year = 	 2005,
  month = 	 apr,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  doi = 	 {10.48456/tr-631},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-631}