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OVERVIEW OF NS2?

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NETWORK SIMULATOR-2

NS2 is an open-source simulation tool that runs on Linux. It is a discreet event simulator targeted  at networking research and provides substantial support for simulation of routing, multicast protocols and IP protocols, such as UDP, TCP, RTP and SRM over wired and wireless (local and satellite) networks. It has many advantages that make it a useful tool, such as support for multiple protocols and the capability of graphically detailing network traffic. Additionally, NS2 supports several algorithms in routing and queuing. LAN routing and broadcasts are part of routing algorithms. Queuing algorithms include fair queuing, deficit round-robin and FIFO.

NS architecture 

Object-oriented & modular

pros: code reuse (e.g., TCP variants), maintenance

cons: performance (speed and memory), careful planning of modularity 


Software structure

  • uses two languages: C++ and OTcl (Object TCL) -to achieve separation of control- and packet level

             C++ for packet processing

             • fast execution, detailed, full control over execution

               • to make simulator scalable, packet processing must be                       done at C++ level

            OTcl for control

                  • simulation setup, configuration, occasional actions                            (e.g., creating new TCP flows)



NS2 Goals

• To support networking research and education

 Protocol design, traffic studies, etc.

– Protocol comparison;

– New architecture designs are also supported.

• To provide collaborative environment

– Freely distributed, open source

– Increase confidence in result


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