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Constructing Rigorous MANET Simulation Scenarios
Stuart Kurkowski, William Navidi, Tracy Camp and Jeremy Norman

MANET simulation-based research is an involved process driven by the simulation scenarios. Scenarios must be properly constructed in order to be effective in evaluating the performance of typical MANET routing protocols. For example, in scenarios with a low average hop count, little routing is needed, and poor protocols might appear successful. On the other hand, in scenarios with a high degree of partitioning, several nodes have no route between them, and good protocols might appear unsuccessful. We propose two standards that should be employed to ensure that long routes are used in the evaluation of typical MANET routing protocols.

Keywords: wireless networks, mobile ad hoc networks, simulation scenarios, network partitioning, rigorous evaluation

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