Simulation News Europe, Volume 20(1), April 2010

XML Meets Simulation: Concepts and Architecture of the IBKSim Network Simulator

Simulation Notes Europe SNE 20(1), 2010, 16-20
DOI: 10.11128/


One option to evaluate various aspects concerning the performance of large computer networks is simulation. In order to understand the influence of single parameters onto the overall performance of a network, large series of simulations must be processed. Therefore, automation of simulation series is an important issue in the development of network simulators. In this paper we present the second version of the discrete event based simulator IBKSim. This simulator incorporates the experience of IKNSim which has been developed in 2005 at the same institute. Using XML (Extensible Markup Language) for the configuration and logging function, the new version bridges the gap between usability and automation. In addition to the simulator description we outline our experience with XML as configuration and logging language