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NDSU faculty member develops research simulator

Samee Khan, NDSU associate professor of electrical and computing engineering, is a member of a multi-university team that has developed the CloudNetSim++ simulator. The modeling and simulation toolkit facilitates simulation of distributed data center architectures, energy models and high-speed data center communication network.

According to Khan, CloudNetSim++ is designed to allow researchers to incorporate their custom protocols and applications, and to analyze under realistic data center architectures with network traffic patterns. CloudNetSim++ is the first cloud-computing simulator that uses real network physical characteristics to model distributed data centers. CloudNetSim++ provides a generic framework that allows users to define policies, scheduling algorithms and modules for different components of data centers with ease.

Development team members are Khan; Asad W. Malik of the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan; Kashif Bilal and Khurram Aziz of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan; Dzmitry Kliazovich of the University of Luxembourg; Nasir Ghani of the University of South Florida; and Rajkumar Buyya of the University of Melbourne.

The development of the simulator was announced at the 11th International Symposium on High Capacity Optical Networks and Enabling Technologies in Charlotte, North Carolina, in December. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers sponsored the conference. The team's presentation was titled, "CloudNetSim++: A Toolkit for Data Center Simulations in OMNET++."

The CloudNetSim++ simulator can be accessed at http://cloudnetsim.seecs.edu.pk/

Previously, Khan collaborated with Kliazovich and Pascal Bouvry from the University of Luxembourg to develop the GreenCloud simulator, which is one of the most popular simulators in the field of cloud computing.

The GreenCloud simulator can be accessed at http://greencloud.gforge.uni.lu/.

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