ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 2    Issue : 2    Date : August 2007

Modeling Network Behaviour By Full-System Simulation
Andres Ortiz, Julio Ortega, Antonio F. Diaz, and Alberto Prieto
Page(s): 11-18
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Due to the network technology advances, an order-of-magnitude jump has been produced in the
network bandwidth. This fact has returned to wake up the interest on protocol offloading, since
network communication is a key factor for system performance. Thus, much research work on
offloading is been done, particularly on TCP offloading as it has been the main transport protocol for
many years, and in fact, it is the most used protocol in the networks. Nevertheless, some recent
studies on protocol offloading have produced some controversy about its benefits.
This paper describes a model to simulate the protocol offloading by using the simulator Simics. It
can be used for a functional system simulation, including the application program, the operating
system, the protocol stack and the device drivers, since network-oriented applications require this
kind of full-system simulation. Nevertheless, as Simics does not provide a detailed network I/O
model, in this paper we describe the way we have overcome this problem.

Index Terms
full-system simulation, simics, offloading