A virtual environment for network testing

Wade A. Fagen, João W. Cangussu, Ram Dantu

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The testing of network-based solutions demands a series of tedious tasks such as the deployment of the solution at different nodes and the configuration of different topologies. The manual execution of these tasks is very time consuming and a configurable environment to facilitate these tasks and consequently improve testing performance is desired. In this paper a virtual network environment that can be easily re-configured is presented to address this problem. The environment has been evaluated by a series of case studies: one dealing with the deployment and containment of a worm propagation attack and one dealing with detecting a denial of service attack. Three smaller case studies have also been developed. The results are a clear indication of the flexibility and usefulness of the virtual network environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-214
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Network and Computer Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Re-configuration
  • Software testing
  • Virtual network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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