The workflow of a network simulation study requires adherence to best practices in methodology so that results are credible and reproducible by third parties. The opportunities for one to introduce errors start at model description and permeate the process through to the reporting of results. The literature indicates that even publications in respected venues include inadvertent mistakes and poor application of methodology. When experts are liable to fail, it is unreasonable to expect that students would fare any better. This paper presents a system designed to provide guidance for inexperienced users of the popular ns-3 network simulator. SAFE automates the workflow from the initialization of model parameters, to the parallelized execution of experiments, to the processing and persistent storage of output data, and to graphical visualization of results. We discuss the architecture and the implementation of the system in the context of similar contributions in the literature.
Perrone, Luiz Felipe; Ward, Bryan C.; and Main, Christopher S.. "SAFE: Simulation Automation Framework for Experiments." (2012) .