Huginn: A 3D Visualizer for Wireless ns-2 Traces

Scheuermann, Björn ; Füßler, Holger ; Transier, Matthias ; Busse, Marcel ; Mauve, Martin ; Effelsberg, Wolfgang

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-10824
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2005
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Business Informatics and Mathematics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen der Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik > Institut für Informatik > Technical Reports
Subject: 004 Computer science, internet
Subject headings (SWD): Ad-hoc-Netz , Simulation , Visualisierung
Individual keywords (German): ns-2, Simulation , Visualisierung
Keywords (English): ns-2, Simulation , Visualization
Abstract: Discrete-event network simulation is a major tool for the research and development of mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs). These simulations are used for debugging, teaching, understanding, and performance-evaluating MANET protocols. For the first three tasks, visualization of the processes occurring in the simulated network is crucial for verification and credibility of the generated results. Working with the popular network simulator ns-2, we have not yet found a visualization toolkit capable of reading native ns-2 trace files and providing means to change the evaluated parameters without changing the visualization software. Thus, we developed Huginn, a software providing an intuitive way to visualize simulation properties and to determine how they should be displayed without the need of programming. In addition, Huginn has a 3D interface allowing a high exploitation of the (human) user’s perceptive system. It helps to handle the significant cognitive load associated with the mental reconstruction of simulated network processes. Besides presenting the software interface and architecture, we describe algorithmic solutions that might be of a more general interest for similar problems.
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