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Practical course: Modeling and Simulation of Networks and Distributed Systems

Practical course: Modeling and Simulation of Networks and Distributed Systems
type: Practical Course links:
chair: FB Prof. Hartenstein
Fakultät für Informatik
semester: Summer term 2010
place: will be announced in the lecture
time: Thursday, 2:00 - 4:00  p.m.
start: 15.04.2010
lecturer: Professor Hannes Hartenstein
Tessa Tielert
Jens Mittag
sws: 2
ects: 5
lv-no.: 24878
exam: Remark: Exam regulations will be extended and updated soon.

The practical course can be examined in combination with the lecture; alternatively, students can get a certificate of attendance (Schein).


The simulation of networks and distributed systems is a means to analyze and evaluate protocols in a quick and cost-efficient way and is therefore a valuable tool in the research of networks and distributed systems. While analytical approaches are often challenged by the complexity of scenarios and field tests are challenged by a high hardware configuration effort and resulting costs, simulations allow for the efficient investigation of the parameter space regarding networktopologies, communication patterns and dependencies to other protocols. However, simulation results are only of relevance if the modeling and evaluation  has beendone accurately.

In this practical course  the students will acquire practical experiences by using  the concepts, tools and simulators introduced in the lecture.

More specifically the following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to the simulation of computer networks and distributed systems in general
  • Hands-on experience with respect to state-of-the-art simulators, in particular ns-3 and OMNeT++
  • Simulation of wired and wireless networks
  • Distributed simulations
  • Agent-based simulations
  • How to implement your own simulator: algorithms and their quality