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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tang, Yi
Author's Email Address yt22@vt.edu
URN etd-01202012-163029
Title SUNSHINE: Integrate TOSSIM and P-Sim
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Yang, Yaling Committee Chair
Hou, Yiwei Thomas Committee Member
Schaumont, Patrick Robert Committee Member
  • Sensor networks
  • cross-domain simulator
  • hardware-software co-simulation
Date of Defense 2011-09-23
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Simulators are important tools for wireless sensor network (sensornet) design and evaluation. However, existing simulators only support evaluations of protocols and software aspects of sensornet design. Thus they cannot accurately capture the significant impacts of various hardware designs on sensornet performance.

To fill in the gap, we proposed SUNSHINE, a scalable hardware-software cross-domain simulator for sensornet applications. SUNSHINE is the first sensornet simulator that effectively supports joint evaluation and design of sensor hardware and software performance in a networked context.

SUNSHINE captures the performance of network protocols, software and hardware through the integration of two modules: a network simulator TOSSIM [1] and hardware-software simulator P-Sim composed of an instruction-set simulator SimulAVR [2] and a hardware simulator GEZEL [3].

This thesis focuses on the integration of TOSSIM and P-Sim. It discusses the integration design considerations and explains how to address several integration challenges: time conversion, data conversion, and time synchronization.

Some experiments are also given to demonstrate SUNSHINE’s cross-domain simulation capability, showing SUNSHINE's strength by integrating simulators from different domains.

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