IDEA1: A Validated SystemC-Based System-Level Design and Simulation Environment for Wireless Sensor Networks

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This paper presents IDEA1, a SystemC-based system-level design and simulation framework for WSNs. It allows the performance evaluation (e.g., packet delivery rate, transmission latency and energy consumption) at high-level, but with elaborate models of the hardware and software of sensor nodes. Many hardware components are modeled and the IEEE 802.15.4 standard is implemented. IDEA1 uses a clock-based synchronization mechanism to support simulations with cycle accurate communication and approximate time computation. The simulation results have been validated by a testbed of 9 nodes. The average deviation between the IDEA1 simulations and experimental measurements is 4.6%.

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