A Low-Cost, IP-Based Mobile Network Emulator (MNE)
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The Naval Research Laboratory NRL Mobile Network Emulator MNE is a low-cost, flexible wireless mobile internetwork protocol IP test environment that provides flexible, dynamic topology control and manipulation for testing of both IPv4 and IPv6 dynamic network scenarios. Direct and indirect software support for network node motion modeling is supported. We describe the emulation design and various software and hardware support components. We also provide a case example of how the mobile emulation system has been applied with a set of ancillary visualization tools, motion generators, and network analysis tools. Finally, we discuss how such an emulation environment provides a valuable engineering tool supplementing more abstract simulation studies and costly, time-consuming field trials of mobile network systems and software.
- Computer Systems