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A Network Emulator To Support the Development of Adaptive Applications

Davies, Nigel and Blair, Gordon S. and Cheverst, Keith and Friday, Adrian (1995) A Network Emulator To Support the Development of Adaptive Applications. In: 2nd USENIX Symposium on Mobile and Location-Independent Computing (MLIC), 1995-04-101995-04-11, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US.

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    Abstract

    Mobile applications must operate in environments in which the network connectivity, input/output devices, power and contextual information available to them may all vary. Applications which react to changes in these parameters in order to ensure continuing service to the user are termed adaptive applications and have recently emerged as an area of intense research activity. In this paper we describe the design and implementation of a network emulator which facilitates research in this field by allowing applications to be exposed to user controlled fluctuations in network service. The emulator can be used with any application which uses UDP and requires only minimal changes to the application or, it may be used with applications written using the ANSAware distributed systems platform in which case no changes are necessary to the application. The design and implementation of the emulator are described in this paper as our experiences of using the emulator to model three distinct types of wireless network: GSM, an analogue cellular service and a simple shared radio channel. The source code for the emulator is freely available and instructions on obtaining the code are also included.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Journal or Publication Title: 2nd USENIX Symposium on Mobile and Location-Independent Computing (MLIC)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 1485 cs_uid ; 352
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 12977
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 29 May 2008 12:23
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:57
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12977

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