Mini-NDN uses a configuration file describing the topology and its parameters to setup a network. It can be generated by the GUI or written by hand or scripts.

Configuration file format:

The [nodes] section:

At the bare minimum, the node section describes the nodes present in the topology.

a: _
b: _

Additionally each node can take the following parameters:

  • app : Default application(s) to be started on a node (specify ‘_’ if no app needs to be started - required). The app is the only parameter which needs double quotes (see example below).

  • cpu : Amount of cpu available to a node (0.00 - 1.00), optional

  • mem : Amount of memory available to a node in KB

  • cache : Amount of cache memory available to a node in KB


    [nodes] a: _ cpu=0.3 b: app=”sample app 1;” cpu=0.3

The links section describes the links in the topology.


a:b delay=10ms

This would create a link between a and b. ‘b:a’ would also result in the same. The following parameters can be configured for a node:

  • delay : Delay parameter is a required parameter which defines the delay of the link (1-1000ms)

  • bw : Bandwidth of a link (<1-1000> Mbps)

  • loss : Percentage of packet loss (<1-100>)

Example configuration file

a: _ cpu=0.3
b: app="sampleApp1; ./" cpu=0.3
a:b delay=10ms bw=100

Note that sampleApp1 and sampleApp2 must be either installed in the system (ex: /usr/bin) or an absolute path needs to be given.

See ndn_utils/topologies for more sample files