I. Downes, B. Kusy, O. Gnawali, and L. J. Guibas, Interactive Analysis and Simulation of VANETs using MOWINE, Second IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, 2010


We present a mobile wireless network evaluation tool (MOWINE) that can analyze mobility and wireless connectiv- ity traces to quantify performance of different network protocols in a given application scenario. We model the highly dynamic connectivity of mobile networks using time-expanded graphs which allow us to study the best-case performance of network protocols. MOWINE also integrates with a network simulator that can evaluate performance of recent VANET routing protocols with a user specified data load. This combination of network modeling and simulation enables users to gain deeper insights into the performance of routing protocols, for example, by distinguishing the limitations of a particular routing protocol from the fundamental limitations of the underlying network. Thus, network engineers can use MOWINE to study and fine- tune performance of real-world network protocols in different scenarios before deploying the network, and hence engineer the mobile ad hoc network. We demonstrate the effectiveness of MOWINE by analyzing and understanding the performance of six different VANET routing protocols using real-world taxi cab traces collected in San Francisco. After identifying the bottlenecks, we demonstrate several basic network engineering tasks and their implications on the network performance.


author = {I. Downes, B. Kusy, O. Gnawali, L. J. Guibas},
journal = {Second IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference},
title = {Interactive Analysis and Simulation of VANETs using MOWINE},
year = {2010},