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The authors introduce a platform that simplifies the Development, performance Evaluation, and Comparison (DEC) of cross-layer protocols for Multi-hop Ad hoc NETworks (MANET). To the best of their knowledge, this is the first platform that provides an integrated API for controlling and assessing, on a per-packet basis, the physical layer and MAC/LLC parameters (e.g., frequency channel, power, rate, coding/modulation, and fragmentation, number of retransmissions) for IEEE802.11 network interfaces. Today, performance evaluation of wireless mobile ad hoc networks heavily relies on simulation, which is limited in reflecting real environment scenarios due to the channel modeling approximations.
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