Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering (Holcomb Dept. of)

Committee Member

Dr. Daniel L. Noneaker, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Harlan B. Russell, Committee Co-Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Melissa C. Smith

Committee Member

Dr. James Martin


Network simulation with bit-accurate modeling of modulation, coding and channel properties is typically computationally intensive. Simple link-layer models that are frequently used in network simulations sacrifice accuracy to decrease simulation time. We investigate the performance and simulation time of link models that use analytical bounds on link performance and bit-accurate link models executed in Graphical Processing Units (GPUs). We show that properly chosen analytical bounds on link performance can result in simulation results close to those using bit-level simulation while providing a significant reduction in simulation time. We also show that bit-accurate decoding in link models can be expedited using parallel processing in GPUs without compromising accuracy and decreasing the overall simulation time.