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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zhang, Jingyao
Author's Email Address jingyao@vt.edu
URN etd-10112010-141518
Title SUNSHINE: A Multi-Domain Sensor Network Simulator
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Yang, Yaling Committee Chair
Hou, Yiwei Thomas Committee Member
Yao, Danfeng Committee Member
  • cross-domain simulator
  • hardware-software co-simulation
  • performance
  • Sensor networks
Date of Defense 2010-08-27
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Simulators are important tools for analyzing and evaluating different design options for wireless sensor networks (sensornets) and hence, have been intensively studied in the past decades. However, existing simulators only support evaluations of protocols and software aspects of sensornet design. They cannot accurately capture the significant impacts of various hardware designs on sensornet performance. As a result, the performance/energy benefits of customized hardware designs are difficult to be evaluated in sensornet research. To fill in this technical void, in this thesis, we describe the design and implementation of 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 up to cycle-level accuracy through its seamless integration of three existing sensornet simulators: a network simulator TOSSIM, an instruction-set simulator SimulAVR and a hardware simulator GEZEL. SUNSHINE solves challenging design problems, including data exchanges and time synchronizations across different simulation domains and simulation accuracy levels. SUNSHINE also provides hardware specification scheme for simulating flexible and customized hardware designs. Several experiments are given to illustrate SUNSHINE’s cross-domain simulation capability, demonstrating that SUNSHINE is an efficient tool for software-hardware codesign in sensornet research.
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