Towards Comparable Simulations of Cooperating Objects and Wireless Sensor Networks

Date Added: Oct 2009
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Simulators are indispensable tools to support the development and testing of cooperating objects such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). However, it is often not possible to compare the results of different simulation tools. Thus, the goal of this paper is the specification of a generic simulation platform for cooperating objects. The authors propose a platform that consists of a set of simulators that together fulfill desired simulator properties. They show that to achieve comparable results the use of a common specification language for the software-under-test is not feasible. Instead, the authors argue that using common input formats for the simulated environment and common output formats for the results is useful.