Real-Time Emulation of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks with End-to-Edge Quality of Service Guarantees: The AROMA Testbed

Miguel López-Benítez, Francisco Bernardo, Nemanja Vučević, Anna Umbert
2010 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking  
This work presents and describes the real-time testbed for all-IP Beyond 3G (B3G) heterogeneous wireless networks that has been developed in the framework of the European IST AROMA project. The main objective of the AROMA testbed is to provide a highly accurate and realistic framework where the performance of algorithms, policies, protocols, services, and applications for a complete heterogeneous wireless network can be fully assessed and evaluated before bringing them to a real system. The
more » ... lexity of the interaction between all-IP B3G systems and user applications, while dealing with the Quality of Service (QoS) concept, motivates the development of this kind of emulation platform where different solutions can be tested in realistic conditions that could not be achieved by means of simple offline simulations. This work provides an in-depth description of the AROMA testbed, emphasizing many interesting implementation details and lessons learned during the development of the tool that may result helpful to other researchers and system engineers in the development of similar emulation platforms. Several case studies are also presented in order to illustrate the full potential and capabilities of the presented emulation platform.
doi:10.1155/2010/961302 fatcat:kbxgglwfibg4fbf3qmpqtbmtzu