ClickWatch – An Experimentation Framework for Communication Network Test-beds

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Abstract—It is hard to experiment with test-beds for communi- cation networks: data produced in the network has to be retrieved and analyzed, networks must be reconfigured before and between experiments, data is often little structured (log-files) and analysis methods and tools are generic. Even though many problems of experimentation are the same for all experiments, re-use is sparse and even simple experiments require large efforts.

We present a framework that attempts to solve these problems: we define a set of requirements for experimenting with network test-beds, we describe the principles and inner workings of our framework, demonstrate it with a typical example experiment, and present measurement results that illustrate the feasibility and scalability of our approach. Some qualitative and quantitative aspects of ClickWatch are compared to the commonly used log- file based approach to experimentation.

Keywords-Communication network, Test-bed, Click Modular Router, Experimentation framework

@inproceedings{wcnc/ScheidgenZS12,
  author    = {Markus Scheidgen and
               Anatolij Zubow and
               Robert Sombrutzki},
  title     = {ClickWatch - An experimentation framework for communication
               network test-beds},
  booktitle = {WCNC},
  year      = {2012},
  pages     = {3296-3301},
  ee        = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WCNC.2012.6214377},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/wcnc/2012},
  bibsource = {DBLP, http://dblp.uni-trier.de}
}
@proceedings{wcnc/2012,
  title     = {2012 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference,
               WCNC 2012, Paris, France, April 1-4, 2012},
  booktitle = {WCNC},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  year      = {2012},
  isbn      = {978-1-4673-0436-8},
  ee        = {http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=6209058},
  bibsource = {DBLP, http://dblp.uni-trier.de}
}

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