Fast Simulation Methods to Predict Wireless Sensor Network Performance

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Executive Summary

With the increasing capabilities of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), complexity and expectation of the WSN applications increase as well. In order to make design-space exploration possible, it is necessary to have fast models that provide adequate in-sight in system behavior. In this paper, the authors propose a highly abstracted, hierarchical, system-level modeling method for WSN. Based on the model properties, fast simulation techniques can be applied. First, an abstract discrete event simulation based on a Probabilistic Graph Model (PGM) is introduced. Then, a fast Monte Carlo simulation approach is proposed for speeding up the simulation process. This approach combines Stochastic-Variable Graph Models (SVGM), providing a high level of abstraction, with shortest path calculations.

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