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Network Emulator [PATCHED]

Network emulation is a technique for testing the performance of real applications over a virtual network. This is different from network simulation where virtual models of traffic, network models, channels, and protocols are applied. The aim is to assess performance, predict the impact of change, or otherwise optimize technology decision-making.

Network Emulator

Network emulation is the act of testing the behavior of a network (5G, wireless, MANETs, etc) in a lab. A personal computer or virtual machine runs software to perform the network emulation; a dedicated emulation device is sometimes used for link emulation.

Networks introduce delay, errors, and drop packets. The primary goal of network emulation is to create an environment whereby users can connect the devices, applications, products, and/or services being tested to validate their performance, stability, or functionality against real-world network scenarios. Once tested in a controlled environment against actual network conditions, users can have confidence that the item being tested will perform as expected.

Emulation differs from simulation in that a network emulator appears to be a network; end-systems such as computers can be attached to the emulator and will behave as if they are attached to a network. A network emulator mirrors the network which connects end-systems, not the end-systems themselves.

Network simulators are typically programs that run on a single computer, take an abstract description of the network traffic such as a flow arrival process, and yield performance statistics such as throughput, delay, loss etc.

Software developers typically want to analyze the response time and sensitivity to packet loss of client-server applications and emulate specific network effects (of 5G, Smart homes, industrial IOT, military networks, etc.,) with different round-trip-times, throughputs, bit error rates, and packet drops.

Two open-source network emulators are Common Open Research Emulator (CORE) and Extendable Mobile Ad hoc Network Emulator (EMANE). They both support operation as network black boxes, i.e. external machines/devices can be hooked up to the emulated network with no knowledge of emulation. They also support both wired and wireless network emulation with various degrees of fidelity. A CORE is more useful for quick network layouts (layer 3 and above) and single-machine emulation. EMANE is better suited for distributed high-fidelity large-scale network emulation (layers 1/2).

The most popular network simulation software packages, OPNET and Tetcos NetSim, also have emulation modules for real-time device connectivity. In general simulation tools with emulation capabilities provide more sophistication than emulation devices. Emulation devices only provide for emulation of the physical link and do not factor in the effects of the higher layers (MAC, network, transport, etc.). Simulation tools however model effects from different layers of the network stack when running in emulation mode. They would allow for connecting multiple sources/destinations, routers, base stations, MANET protocols, etc.

The network performance under maximum throughput conditions can be analyzed by network traffic measurement in a testbed network, using a network traffic generator such as iperf. The traffic generator sends dummy packets, often with a unique packet identifier, making it possible to keep track of the packet delivery in the network using a network analyzer.

All too often, we see devices and applications come to market or deploy on a network without having faced the rigors of the real networks they must support. This makes for an unpleasant experience for the organizations using these products and their network end-users alike.

Whether in the lab or pre-deployment, effective testing requires a real-world environment that reproduces realistic network conditions and behavior. All software and hardware should be subjected to a realistic test environment before deployment.

Many organizations overlook the importance of emulating realistic and worst-case network scenarios in the lab. Failure to test variables such as application performance, effect of delay, and fail-over protection can have serious real-world implications.

Without insight into the performance of new hardware, protocols, and applications, the risk of deployment problems rises dramatically. Organizations need a way to reproduce realistic network conditions and behavior to avoid impairments and achieve bottom-line benefits.

For critical operational deployments, Network Emulator II can be combined with Bypass switches that allow Network Emulator II to be switched in and out of operational networks swiftly and easily with minimal disruption to live network traffic.

We developed a realistic network topology emulation/ simulation framework based on the FreeBSD and Linux operating system kernel partitioned intomultiple lightweight virtual nodes, which can be interconnected via kernel-levellinks to form arbitrarily complex network topologies.

Software-defined networking technologies like SD-WAN enable seamless connections between remote workers and separate branch locations. Cloud storage provides ubiquitous access to a variety of pooled resources and allows for the rapid provisioning of mission-critical applications within these distributed enterprise environments. As the modern business infrastructure continues to disperse and adopt these more streamlined models, the demand for reliable and dynamic wide area network (WAN) links has never been more important.

This presents a difficult problem for businesses who are either evaluating or transitioning to these modern architectures. How can they objectively decide if these changes are really needed? Which system best suits their demands and budget? More importantly, how will their applications respond once these changes are made?IT managers and engineers tasked with answering these questions and overseeing the process are responsible for identifying bandwidth requirements and validating application performance with thorough testing. Since application performance can be highly sensitive to bandwidth and network impairments like latency and packet loss, ensuring the resiliency and dependability of these fluid systems depends on accurate testing before going live to predict, optimize, and troubleshoot the performance of applications over the WAN.

A virtual network emulator is a reliable and practical way to validate application performance by allowing users to quickly configure and deploy test networks within a lab setting. These test networks can mimic the exact conditions of a live production network found within the WAN. The emulator appliance can even simulate up to 15 separate WAN links per port with a range of bandwidth rates to model a full enterprise network of distributed branch offices, data centers, and end users.

Simply place the appliance between a client and server, office PC and corporate LAN, or any two nodes used within your network, plug your controlling PC into the management port, and deploy test links within minutes. A simple and intuitive browser-based GUI allows users to quickly configure these test links and apply impairments.

Create your test network risk-free with our network emulators. Netropy by Apposite is a state-of-the-art network simulation tool that allows you to test application performance in a controlled, repeatable environment. Netropy is easy to install and easy to use, so you can deploy test networks in just minutes.

Simulate Wi-Fi, SD-WAN, satellite networks and more in just a few easy steps. Validate application performance pre- and post-deployment to provide the best possible user experience, even under the most challenging conditions.

Netropy wan emulators quick to install, intuitive to configure, and easy to operate. The Netropy browser-based GUI provides the responsiveness of an application with the convenience of a standard web browser. Get up and running in minutes with no training necessary.

Flexible Interfaces: The N61 and N91 emulators are available with copper or SFP ports. The 10G1 and 10G2 offer 1/10 Gbps dual rate SFP+ ports for easy integration into 1 or 10 Gbps networks.

Our Netropy network emulator delivers precise, reproducible testing on an affordable appliance to save you time and money. It allows you to isolate and test against varying network conditions from dropped packets to jitter and latency to understand how they affect application performance. You can also throttle bandwidth speeds to identify how much bandwidth an application needs, which can prevent over-purchasing bandwidth.

About Us What We DoOur Network Emulator products ensure you have a controlled and repeatable real-world environment in which to verify, prototype or test software & devices in networks of any type with ease.

Our Products Who We Work WithTrusted across industries including Defense, Financial Services, Technology, Gaming, Retail, Government and Healthcare, who emulate some of the most complex networks in the world.

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