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ABCDecision: A Simulation Platform for Access Selection Algorithms in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks

  • Jamal Haydar1, 2Email author,
  • Abbas Ibrahim3,
  • Abed Ellatif Samhat4 and
  • Guy Pujolle2
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20102010:787098

Received: 31 May 2009

Accepted: 4 February 2010

Published: 23 March 2010


We present a simulation platform for access selection algorithms in heterogeneous wireless networks, called "ABCDecision". The simulator implements the different parts of an Always Best Connected (ABC) system, including Access Technology Selector (ATS), Radio Access Networks (RANs), and users. After describing the architecture of the simulator, we show an overview of the existing decision algorithms for access selection. Then we propose a new selection algorithm in heterogeneous networks and we run a set of simulations to evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithm in comparison with the existing ones. The performance results, in terms of the occupancy rate, show that our algorithm achieves a load balancing distribution between networks by taking into consideration the capacities of the available cells.


Information SystemWireless NetworkSystem ApplicationPerformance ResultSelection Algorithm

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Authors’ Affiliations

CCE Department, Faculty of Engineering, IUL, Khaldeh, Lebanon
Phare Research Group, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris Cedex 5, France
ISSAE-CNAM, Beirut, Lebanon
Faculty of Engineering, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon


© Jamal Haydar et al. 2010

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