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WSN Simulation Template for OMNeT++. Stefan Dulman [email protected] Presentation Overview. OMNeT++ Introduction Sensor Network Template Implementation Example Discussion and future work. OMNeT++ Introduction. OMNeT++ Features.

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WSN Simulation Templatefor OMNeT++

Stefan Dulman

[email protected]


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Presentation Overview

  • OMNeT++ Introduction

  • Sensor Network Template

  • Implementation Example

  • Discussion and future work


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OMNeT++ Introduction


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OMNeT++ Features

  • Simulator designed for fixed, wired, distributed systems (such as: computer networks, multiprocessor systems…)

  • Discrete time simulator

  • It is compatible with: DOS, UNIX, WINDOWS (uses C++ and Tcl/Tk)

  • Several graphical interfaces allows easy debugging and variables inspection

  • Offers support for parallel execution


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OMNeT++ Features (2)

  • Simulated objects are represented by modules

    • Modules can be simple or composed (depth of module nesting is not limited)

    • Modules communicate by messages (sent directly or via gates)

    • One module description consists of:

      • Interface description (.NED file)

      • Behavior description (C++ class)

  • Modules, gates and links can be created:

    • Statically - at the beginning of the simulation (NED file)

    • Dynamically – during the simulation


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OMNeT++ Features (3)

  • Support is offered for:

    • Recording data vectors and scalars in output files

    • Random numbers (also from several distributions) with different starting seeds

    • Tracing and debugging aids (displaying info about the module’s activity, snapshots, breakpoints)

  • Simulations are easy to configure using .ini file

  • Batch execution of the same simulation for different parameters is also included


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OMNeT++ Features (4)

  • What is missing or not working as wanted:

    • Mobile entities and wireless communication between them are not included

    • Static data types not allowed

      • For storing data needed by all the modules a central manager has to be created

      • Communication with this entity goes by messages (slow!)

      • Using pointers to it is not always good idea (parallel execution)

    • Execution goes very slow with the increase of the number of messages and when using parameters

    • Very slow 2D graphical interface made in Tk


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Sensor Network Template


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Template Description

  • What is it:

    • A fully working project consisting of a network of mobile nodes that can communicate by wireless means. The user has only to implement the wanted algorithm, with no concern on how these issues are handled.

    • All the parameters of the network can be changed without any need of rewriting any code

    • Offers (a lot of) easy to use macros for accessing the main functionalities


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Template Description (2)

  • Characteristics:

    • Implements mobility (Random Way Point alg.)

    • Wireless communication

      • Simulated by dynamically connecting modules within transmission range

    • Unidirectional links

    • Signal strength can be varied from within the nodes

    • Energy management is also included

    • Nodes have failing probabilities

    • Map for area failures can be specified and used

      • Other maps can easily used for obstacles, fading, etc. (implementation is similar)


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Network Architecture

  • Central Manager

    • Used as a central database

    • Its main function: stores the connectivity map and updates it upon request

    • It takes care of reading additional configuration files and sending the information

    • It is hidden from the display, communication with it is done only with sendDirect() function

  • Sensor nodes


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Sensor Node Architecture

  • Sensor node architecture:

    • Layer 0

    • Sensor

    • Energy manager

    • Blackboard

    • Application

    • Custom network layers


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Mobility Issues

  • Approaches to describe mobility

    • Each node reports its position after a certain interval.

      • Simulation precision depends on this interval.

      • The smallest the interval the longest the simulation time

    • Each node reports the equation of the curve of its movement

      • Manager computes the interaction moments and schedules gates connect/disconnect at those moments

      • Faster execution (almost 4 times in our simulations)

      • More precise simulation

      • Graphical display no longer linked to the simulator precision

  • Random Way Point model as default


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Energy Management

  • Implemented using the blackboard

    • Consumed energy and of the current energy

    • Data can be accessed from anywhere within a sensor node

    • Estimation of the lifetime of the node (can be improved by using any desired estimation function)

    • Warnings can be issued when no energy is left (special behaviours can be implemented in the energy manager; e.g. stop certain components when energy goes beyond a treshhold)


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Reliability Issues

  • Two kinds of failures implemented

    • Node failure probability

      • Can be specified for each node separately

      • Available to all the layers inside a node

      • Can be set to change over the time

    • Area failure probability

      • The failure zones are specified as rectangles inside a configuration file

      • Data is available to all the layers

      • It can be given any interpretation needed. Easy to extend to a set of maps


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Other Features (2)

  • Support for beacons is added (needed by the localization algorithms)

    • A certain number of nodes have fixed positions

    • Any node can find out if it is a beacon or not

  • Each node can be displayed in several ways (useful for debugging and presentations: to highlight the discovered paths, the clusters, etc.)

    • 3 distinct graphical signs and 10 colors for each one

    • Can be modified from anywhere inside the node

    • Modifications are displayed immediately

  • Simulation precision is no longer related to display update

    • User can specify the display rate


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Work in progress

  • Signal sources:

    • Support for fixed and mobile beacons

    • Support for areas of interest

  • Fixing minor bugs and optimizing the code

    • Rather use new derived classes than parameters

    • Finding the best places to place the functionality (manager or layer0)

  • Trying to create a library of modules

  • WANTED: 3D graphical display !!!


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Work in Progress (2)

  • Tcl/Tk script for:

    • Easy configuration of the network

    • Designing the maps, node initial positions, initial values, etc.

    • Generation of project files


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  • Implementation example


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Discussions

  • Address where to download the template:

    http://wwwhome.cs.utwente.nl/~dulman/tools.htm

  • Email address:

    [email protected]


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