Simulation study of molecular communication systems with an absorbing receiver: Modulation and ISI mitigation techniques

H. Birkan Yilmaz, Chan Byoung Chae

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The research activities on Molecular Communication via Diffusion (MCvD) that can interconnect nanomachines, heavily depend on simulations to verify and evaluate the new communication paradigm. The existing simulation tools cannot be directly used for MCvD systems since the diffusion channel has different characteristics compared to classical communication channels. In an MCvD system, diffusion and demodulation processes have their own constraints and characteristics due to the impossibility of sending a negative number of molecules, the random movement of molecules, and a reception process of molecules that determines the signal. Therefore, a custom end-to-end MolecUlar CommunicatIoN (MUCIN) simulator for MCvD systems is presented. Compared to other simulators available in the literature, MUCIN simulator is an end-to-end simulator that considers first hitting process for the signal reception. It supports 1-D to 3-D environments, sending consecutive symbols, imperfect molecule reception, extendable modulation, and filtering modules. MUCIN simulator source code is available under BSD licensing for contributors from the nanonetworking community. Following the simulator analysis, a case study of inter-symbol-interference mitigation that utilizes the decision in one previous slot is introduced. The contribution of this paper is twofold; one is the modeling and the development of an end-to-end MCvD simulator, the other is the performance evaluation of the proposed inter-symbol interference filtering and demodulation techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-150
Number of pages15
JournalSimulation Modelling Practice and Theory
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is funded by the MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning), Korea, under the “IT Consilience Creative Program” (NIPA-2014-H0201-14-1002) supervised by the NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency) and by the Basic Science Research Program (2014R1A1A1002186) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), Korea, through the National Research Foundation of Korea.

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©2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Hardware and Architecture


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