The implementation of IEEE 802.16m protocol module for ns-3 simulator

Jenhui Chen*, Ting Chun Lien, Han Ming Yang

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper presents the first IEEE 802.16m medium access control (MAC) protocol module embedded in the network simulator version 3 (ns-3). The designed module provides a validation tool for researchers to verify simulated results related to the IEEE 802.16m. This module supports the basic MAC functions which includes an initial ranging (IR) function; four types of bandwidth request (BR) procedures; five types of standard-specified quality-of-service (QoS); a QoS-based transmission scheduler; an adaptive modulation and coding (AMC) selection function; a physical (PHY) layer with a channel propagation model. The designed module provides modification flexibility to adapt to other simulation modules. Various scenarios are simulated to show the capacity of the implemented IEEE 802.16m module in details. Results of different types of traffic are tested with the path loss effect on transmission to visualize the numeric capability of the module.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-56
Number of pages16
JournalSimulation Modelling Practice and Theory
StatePublished - 12 2014


  • 802.16m
  • Medium access control (MAC)
  • Module
  • Protocol
  • Quality-of-service (QoS)
  • Scheduler


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