Towards distributed heterogeneous simulation using internet of things

Muhammad Haseeb, Asad Waqar Malik, Anis ur Rahman, Mian Muhammad Hamayun

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Parallel discrete event simulation frameworks have been widely used to analyze the performance of traditional applications under different scenarios. The existing frameworks are designed to work on a cluster and cloud-based computing environments. With the current advances in the internet of things, there is a strong need to revamp such traditional frameworks and make use of the smart connected-devices as an underlying infrastructure to perform simulations. In this study, we propose a new simulation framework, which has been specifically designed to work with diverse heterogeneous devices. The framework allows these heterogeneous mobile devices to participate in a distributed simulation while managing network latency, using device profiles that are maintained by the simulation framework. Moreover, in the proposed framework, random and context-aware simulation task distributions have been explored to manage the devices’ sporadic connectivity. Evaluation results using the well-known PHOLD benchmark demonstrate a gain in the overall efficiency of the proposed simulation system.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2019


  • discrete event simulation
  • time warp
  • internet of things
  • distributed simulation
  • master-worker paradigm
  • parallel computation


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