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TPy : A Lightweight Framework for Agile Distributed Network Experiments

Steinmetzer, Daniel and Stute, Milan and Hollick, Matthias (2018):
TPy : A Lightweight Framework for Agile Distributed Network Experiments. (Postprint)
In: WiNTECH '18 : Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental Evaluation & Characterization, pp. 38-45,
New York, NY, Association for Computing Machinery, 2018 ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & Characterization (WiNTECH'18), New Delhi India, 2.11.2018, ISBN 978-1-4503-5930-6,
DOI: 10.25534/tuprints-00013317,
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Abstract

Experimental validation of novel network solutions, protocols, and applications gains increasing importance. The complexity of today's network systems makes evaluations in physical testbeds mandatory to capture real-world effects. However, this causes methodological and technical issues and challenges researchers in handling their agile testbed deployments. In contrast to Internet-scale testbeds, most agile experiments require specific topologies, specialized hardware, or a custom environment. They typically run only a few times and demand live user interaction. Existing management systems for Internet-scale testbeds do not accommodate these needs due to their complexity and maintenance overhead. In this paper, we present TPy, a lightweight and flexible framework to conduct distributed network experiments. TPy is written in Python and extendable via modules. To demonstrate its versatility and ease-of-use, we use TPy to perform experiments in the domains of millimeter-wave and secure multi-hop communications. We share TPy as open source software to support the community of experimental evaluation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2018
Creators: Steinmetzer, Daniel and Stute, Milan and Hollick, Matthias
Origin: Secondary publication service
Status: Postprint
Title: TPy : A Lightweight Framework for Agile Distributed Network Experiments
Language: English
Abstract:

Experimental validation of novel network solutions, protocols, and applications gains increasing importance. The complexity of today's network systems makes evaluations in physical testbeds mandatory to capture real-world effects. However, this causes methodological and technical issues and challenges researchers in handling their agile testbed deployments. In contrast to Internet-scale testbeds, most agile experiments require specific topologies, specialized hardware, or a custom environment. They typically run only a few times and demand live user interaction. Existing management systems for Internet-scale testbeds do not accommodate these needs due to their complexity and maintenance overhead. In this paper, we present TPy, a lightweight and flexible framework to conduct distributed network experiments. TPy is written in Python and extendable via modules. To demonstrate its versatility and ease-of-use, we use TPy to perform experiments in the domains of millimeter-wave and secure multi-hop communications. We share TPy as open source software to support the community of experimental evaluation.

Title of Book: WiNTECH '18 : Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental Evaluation & Characterization
Place of Publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
ISBN: 978-1-4503-5930-6
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Sichere Mobile Netze
LOEWE
LOEWE > LOEWE-Schwerpunkte
LOEWE > LOEWE-Schwerpunkte > NiCER – Networked infrastructureless Cooperation for Emergency Response
Event Title: 2018 ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & Characterization (WiNTECH'18)
Event Location: New Delhi India
Event Dates: 2.11.2018
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 12:50
DOI: 10.25534/tuprints-00013317
Official URL: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/13317
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-133172
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