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Benchmarking in Wireless Networks


Experimentation is evolving as a viable and realistic performance analysis approach in wireless networking research. Realism is provisioned by deploying real software (network stack, drivers, OS), and hardware (wireless cards, network equipment, etc.) in the actual physical environment. However, the experimenter is more likely to be dogged by tricky issues because of calibration problems and bugs in the software/hardware tools. This, coupled with difficulty of dealing with multitude of controllable and uncontrollable hardware/software parameters and unpredictable characteristics of the wireless channel in the wild, poses significant challenges in the way of experiments repeatability and reproducibility. Furthermore, experimentation has been impeded by the lack of standard definitions, measurement methodologies and full disclosure reports that are particularly important to understand the suitability of protocols and services to emerging wireless application scenarios. Lack of tools to manage experiments, large amount of data and facilitate reproducible analysis further complicates the process. In this report, we present a holistic view of benchmarking in wireless networks; introduce key definitions and formulate a procedure complemented by step-by-step case study to help drive future efforts on benchmarking of wireless network applications and protocols.
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inria-00530329 , version 1 (28-10-2011)


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Shafqat Ur Rehman, Thierry Turletti, Walid Dabbous. Benchmarking in Wireless Networks. [Intern report] 2010, pp.16. ⟨inria-00530329⟩
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