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Open Access Thesis

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Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

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Connected systems are becoming more ingrained in our daily lives with the advent of cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence. As technology progresses, we expect the number of networked systems to rise along with their complexity. As these systems become abstruse, it becomes paramount to understand their interactions and nuances. In particular, Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANET) and swarm communication systems exhibit added complexity due to a multitude of environmental and physical conditions. Testing these types of systems is challenging and incurs high engineering and deployment costs. In this work, we propose a scalable MANET emulation framework using virtualized internet infrastructures that generalizes an assortment of application spaces with diverse attributes. We then quantify the architecture using various evaluation techniques to determine both feasibility and scalability. Finally, we developed a hardware offload engine for virtualized network systems that builds upon recent work in the field.


First Advisor

Russell Tessier