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Thomas Halva Labella, Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, "Hybrid Simulation of Sensor and Actor Networks with BARAKA," ACM/Springer Wireless Networks (WINET), vol. 16 (6), pp. 1525–1539, August 2010.


We present BARAKA, a new hybrid simulator for Sensor and Actor Networks (SANETs). This tool provides integrated simulation of communication networks and robotic aspects. It allows the complete modelling of co-operation issues in SANETs including the performance evaluation of either robot actions or networking aspects while considering mutual impact. This hybrid simulation enables new potentials in the evaluation of algorithms developed for communication and co-operation in SANETs. Previously, evaluations in this context were accomplished separately. On the one hand, network simulation helps to measure the efficiency of routing or medium access. On the other hand, robot simulators are used to evaluate the physical movements. Using two different simulators might introduce inconsistent results, and might make the transfer on real hardware harder. With the development of methods and techniques for co-operation in SANETs, the need for integrated evaluation environment increased. To compensate this demand, we developed BARAKA.

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Thomas Halva Labella
Isabel Dietrich
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Labella, Thomas Halva and Dietrich, Isabel and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1007/s11276-008-0134-1},
    title = {{Hybrid Simulation of Sensor and Actor Networks with BARAKA}},
    pages = {1525--1539},
    journal = {ACM/Springer Wireless Networks (WINET)},
    issn = {1022-0038},
    publisher = {Springer},
    month = {8},
    number = {6},
    volume = {16},
    year = {2010},

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