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A Consortium to promote the development of the ns-3 network simulator

Inria and the University of Washington announce the creation of the ns-3 Consortium. The purpose of this consortium is to sustain the ns-3 network simulator, group its users community of users and developers, improve its visibility in the industry and enable it to become a standard in the field of network simulation.

ns-3 is an open source network simulator, supported by the INRIA DIANA research team and the University of Washington, that allows to validate and optimize network protocols such as WiFi, WiMAX, TCP / IP, LTE, etc..
ns-3 simulates network models in real-time (emulation mode) and allows the exchange of packets between simulated nodes and real nodes. It also allows direct execution of existing code almost without changed. Application areas are large: networks, telecommunications, military, transport, etc. ns-3 brings together a large community of developers and is distributed under the GPLv2 open source license.

The ns-3 Consortium is intended to support the ns-3 open source project by providing a point of contact between users and developers. For this, the Consortium members organize scientific communication events on ns-3 such as users days and workshops. The consortium also ensures maintenance support for the ns-3 core, and provides the administrative support necessary to carry out an open source project of this magnitude.

Consortium membership is open to other partners by signing the Application Form posted on the consortium web page.

New mebers have already joigned the Consortium :

  • CTTC: Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya
  • INESC Porto: Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto

The First ns-3 consortium annual meeting will take place at Inria on March 4th, 2013, open to all users and developers interested in network simulation.


Keywords: Network simulator WIFI WiMAX TCPE/IP LTE Washington University INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée