Integrating Java Support for Routing Protocols in NS2

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This paper presents a modification of the existing tool AgentJ which allows for running a Java routing protocol within the network simulator NS2. When designing a new routing protocol, an important step in its development is often to implement and experiment with it in a network simulator such as NS2. While network simulators have their limits, especially in terms of the fidelity of the lower layers and for wireless network interfaces in the fidelity of the propagation model used for representing the behavior of physical radio waves, their use is often allowing to understand high-level and algorithmic properties of a given routing protocol.