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Dallas H. Snider
Assistant Professor

University of West Florida

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Creating a Cost-Effective Air-to-Ground Network Simulation Environment
Audience: Adults
Description: Presentation at IEEE SoutheastCon 2015. Today’s warfighter is increasingly dependent on networked systems and information from unmanned aerial vehicles to provide up-to-the-minute conditions on the battlefield; therefore the network must continually perform at optimum levels. One of the problems encountered in complex air-to-ground networks is that all possible hardware, software and network configurations that will be encountered in the field cannot be pretested; therefore there is a need to provide a method for studying the interaction among diverse hardware and software components and identifying potential network bottlenecks in air-to-ground networks and their causes before they become critical. In this paper, we demonstrate our accomplishments in building a robust and scalable simulation of an air-to-ground network environment based on wired and wireless network emulation using widely available software tools. We will also present our design for data capture and evaluation that support hypothetical, what-if scenarios for testing network performance bottlenecks.

Keywords: Computer networks
Computer simulation
Network topology
Platform virtualization
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Duration: 1 hour or less
Fee: No Cost

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