|Project Description: ||Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are composed of commodity nodes that are able to sense, compute data and communicate with each other. Nodes have the capability of being deployed both statically and dynamically by being placed at strategic locations or being dropped from an airplane. In addition, the nodes are able to self configure and form a network. Through the use of various routing protocols, the nodes are capable of communicating with each other. While discovery and routing techniques can be complex, through the use of a simulator both novice and advanced researchers are able to understand and explore the various protocols.
By surveying different methods of node configuration, routing models and protocol a WSN simulator can be successfully built to deploy a virtual WSN. Using different features such as topology control, low level network simulation, and various node and network constraints implemented by simulators like TOSSIM, Atarraya and NS-2 the simulator is able to accurately represent a working WSN. The simulator provides researchers feedback on the network that can be used to analyze different routing and discovery protocols. Although the simulator focuses on select discovery and routing protocols, it provides a foundation for future work and expansion into this topic.