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Survey on Simulation for Mobile Ad-Hoc Communication for Disaster Scenarios

Erika Rosas1, Nicolás Hidalgo1, Veronica Gil-Costa2, Carolina Bonacic1, Mauricio Marin1, Hermes Senger3, Luciana Arantes4, Member, IEEE, Cesar Marcondes3, and Olivier Marin5   

  1. 1 Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Santiago, Santiago 9170022, Chile;
    2 National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, National University of San Luis, San Luis 5700, Argentina;
    3 Department of Computer Science, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos 13565-905, Brazil;
    4 Laboratoire d'Informaique de Paris 6, University of Pierre and Marie Currie, Sorbonne Universités, CNRS, INRIA Paris 75005, France;
    5 Engineering and Computer Science, New York University Shanghai, Shanghai 200122, China
  • Received:2015-01-30 Revised:2015-11-12 Online:2016-03-05 Published:2016-03-05
  • About author:Erika Rosas is an assistant professor in the Department of Informatics Engineering at the University of Santiago, Santiago. Ms. Rosas obtained her Ph.D. degree in computer science in 2011 from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (Paris VI). She is a former postdoctoral researcher of Yahoo! Labs, Santiago. Her research areas cover stream data processing, mobile networks and large-scale networks, such as P2P and social network, in trust and reputation systems.
  • Supported by:

    The work was supported in part by the STIC-Amsud Project-Reputation and Energy Aware Search for Supporting Natural Disasters (RESPOND), and in part by the Project of University of Santiago of Chile under Grant Nos. DICYT-061419RO and CONICYT-PAI 791220011.

Mobile ad-hoc communication is a demonstrated solution to mitigate the impact of infrastructure failures during large-scale disasters. A very complex issue in this domain is the design validation of software applications that support decision-making and communication during natural disasters. Such disasters are irreproducible, highly unpredictable, and impossible to scale down, and thus extensive assessments cannot be led in situ. In this context, simulation constitutes the best approach towards the testing of software solutions for natural disaster responses. The present survey reviews mobility models, ad-hoc network architectures, routing protocols and network simulators. Our aim is to provide guidelines for software developers with regards to the performance evaluation of their applications by means of simulation.

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