We highly encourage students to examine various existing network-based simulation tools and become proficient in one or more. A number of surveys have been published including the one by Jianli Pan. A good comparative study is provided by V. Soares; refer to their work for more information and references. Also Begg compares a number of simulation tools for next generation networks. Here are some examples of available simulation tools:
- Dynamips, a Cisco IOS emulator.
- Dynagen, a text-based front end for Dynamips.
- Qemu, a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.
- VirtualBox, a free and powerful virtualization software.
In addition, there are many simulators for wireless network. A number of surveys, including the work by Koksal, compare these simulators.