The launch day of the NS-3 Consortium was held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at INRIA in Sophia Antipolis.

Plenary lectures and tutorials, open to all users and developers interested in network simulation, were presented to allow attendees to discover or deepen their knowledge of ns-3, as well as better understand the objectives of the consortium.


The agenda was organized as follows. The main focus of the morning talks was to provide a high-level description of the goals of the consortium, the goals of the ns-3 open source project, and a summary of some current activities of possible interest. The afternoon sessions were more technical in nature, and ran in two parallel tracks. One track offered a tutorial for ns-3 beginners, and the second track offered more in-depth tutorials to those already familiar with ns-3.

  • Plenary talks (09h00-12h00)
    • Introduction to the NS-3 Consortium (Tom Henderson and Walid Dabbous)  (slides) This talk introduces both the ns-3 project and consortium, with a focus on the long-term goals of both organizations.
    • The LENA Project (Nicola Baldo)  (slides) Ubiquisys, a developer of intelligent cells, and the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), a leading research organization in communication technologies, are working together to develop the world’s first open source product-oriented LTE network simulator, based on ns-3.
    • Direct Code Execution with ns-3 (Mathieu Lacage and Hajime Tazaki)  (slides) Direct Code Execution (DCE) is a module for NS-3 that provides facilities to execute, within ns-3, existing implementations of userspace and kernelspace network protocols or applications without source code changes. For example instead of using the pseudo application provided by NS-3 V4PingHelper you can use the true ping. This talk provides an overview of the DCE framework and its applications.
    • Using Network Simulation in Classroom Education (George Riley)  (slides) This talk focuses on the application of ns-3 in a graduate-level course on computer networking.
    • The Evolution of a Computer Aided Simulation System (Felipe Perrone)  (slides) This talk highlights ongoing work on developing scripts and infrastructure for automating ns-3 experiments.
  • Lunch (courtesy of INRIA) (12h00-13h00)
  • Tutorial Session 1 (13h00-15h00)
    • 13h00-17h00: Track 1: ns-3 introductory tutorial  (slides)
    • 13h00-14h00: Track 2: **A technical overview of the ns-3 LTE

      module by the LENA project  (slides)** This advanced tutorial goes into technical detail regarding the LTE simulation module within ns-3.

    • 14h00-15h00: Track 2: Direct Code Execution  (slides) This tutorial walks through the usage of the DCE framework.
  • Tutorial Session 2 (15h30-17h00)
    • 15h30-17h00: Track 1: ns-3 introductory tutorial (see above for slides)
    • 15h30-16h15: Track 2: NEPI: Network Experiment Programming Interface  (slides) ns-3 was designed to be integrated with testbed and virtual machine-based experimental frameworks. This talk provides an overview of a framework for network experiment management, including hybrid testbed and simulation configurations.
    • 16h15-17h00: Track 2: Data collection and visualization  (slides). This tutorial introduces the audience to several tools used to extract and visualize data from ns-3 simulations, including the flow monitor, network animator, Python-based visualizer, and the ns-3 tracing system.
  • Cocktail (17h00-18h00)

Coffee breaks will additionally be provided.

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