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D10: Modeling and Simulation Tools for Network Designers and Developers

Topic: Simulation Systems
Duration: 9:45am - 6:00pm

Jack L. Burbank, JHU/APL
William Kasch, Johns Hopkins University/APL
Jon Ward, JHU/APL

The proposed full-day technical session aims to provide an overview of modeling and simulation (M&S) tools and techniques available to assist network designers and developers. This session would be an expanded version of the half-day session on the same topic in the 2005 D&D Forum by the authors. M&S is a critical element in the design, development, and test and evaluation (T&E) of any network product or solution. In many cases, M&S provides the only method to gain insight into the performance of the eventual product or solution in a large-scale environment, and allows for more informed design trade studies. The goal of this technical session is to provide attendees an overview of many of the M&S tools and techniques that are available to assist them in their projects. In particular, the session would nominally consist of five areas of focus relevant to M&S:

1. Network M&S Tools - This presentation would provide an overview of existing network M&S tools, such as OPNET, NS2, QualNet, and GloMoSim, contrasting the strengths and weaknesses.
2. Hardware-in-the-loop M&S - This presentation would provide an overview of hardware-in-the-loop (HITL) M&S methods, describing the appropriate applications of HITL applications, and providing novel examples of HITL techniques.
3. Distributed simulation - This presentation would provide an overview of distributed computing methods, and discuss the application of network M&S tools in a distributed environment in order to achieve high-
powered M&S capabilities.
4. Waveform M&S Tools - This presentation would compare and contrast existing waveform M&S tools, such as MATLAB, SimuLink, and SPW.
5. Propagation M&S Tools - This presentation would compare and contrast existing propagation M&S tools, such as Wireless Insite.

Invited Presenters:
• Shawn Khazzam, OPNET Technologies
• Jigar Shah, Scalable Network Technologies
• Bo Wu, CoWare
• Mike Griffin, Agilent Technologies
• Heath Noxon, National Instruments
• Dick Benson, The MathWorks


Jack L. Burbank
Mr. Burbank leads the Wireless Networking section within the Communications and Network Technology group of JHU/APL and is a professor of networking in JHU's Part-Time Engineering Program. Mr. Burbank's research interests include mobile ad-hoc networking, wireless internetworking, and modeling and simulation.

William Kasch
Mr. Kasch received his BS in Electrical Engineering at Florida Tech in 2000 and a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 2003. He currently works as a communications engineer for JHU/APL. His areas of interest include Wireless Local Area Networks, Modeling and Simulation, and Network Architectures.

Jon Ward
Mr. Ward received his MS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2005. He currently works as a communications engineer at JHU/APL. His areas of interest include Ultra Wideband communications, wireless networking, and Electronic Warfare.

Norival Figueira (Hammerhead Systems) norival@ieee.org
Dilip Krishnaswamy (Intel) dilip@ieee.org



Early Registration:
30 October

Hotel Reservation Deadline:
3 November