Introduction to Network Emulation

Razvan Beuran

November 7, 2012 by Pan Stanford
Reference - 426 Pages - 57 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814310918 - CAT# N10488


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  • Covers comprehensively the field of network emulation, including the differences with respect to other experiment techniques and a detailed review of possible approaches
  • Discusses not only the emulation of wired networks but also that of wireless networks (WLANs, active RFID tags, IEEE 802.15.4), for which the technique of network emulation is even more important
  • Presents a detailed case study of a network emulation testbed, QOMB, including the description of several series of practical experiments conducted on QOMB


Emulation is a hybrid experimentation technique intended to bridge the gap between simulation and real-world testing. The key idea of emulation is to reproduce in real time and in a controlled manner the essential functionality of a system, so that it can interact with other real systems that can thus be evaluated. This book describes the technique of network emulation and compares it with the other experimental approaches: the scholarly analytical modeling, the popular network simulation, and the demanding real-world testing. To emphasize the practical aspects related to emulation, this book presents a large number of examples of network emulators on the market, as well as provides an in-depth analysis of a case study, the wireless network emulation testbed called QOMB.