SIMCAN: A flexible, scalable and expandable simulation platform for modelling and simulating distributed architectures and applications Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2012

start page

  • 12

end page

  • 32


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  • 20

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1569-190X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-1462


  • In this paper we propose a new simulation platform called SIMCAN, for analyzing parallel and distributed systems. This platform is aimed to test parallel and distributed architectures and applications. The main characteristics of SIMCAN are flexibility, accuracy, performance, and scalability. Thence, the proposed platform has a modular design that eases the integration of different basic systems on a single architecture. Its design follows a hierarchical schema that includes simple modules, basic systems (computing, memory managing, I/O, and networking), physical components (nodes, switches, ...), and aggregations of components. New modules may also be incorporated as well to include new strategies and components. Also, a graphical configuration tool has been developed to help untrained users with the task of modelling new architectures. Finally, a validation process and some evaluation tests have been performed to evaluate the SIMCAN platform.


  • distributed system simulation; performance analysis; scalability; storage performance