NetSimLan - simulation and visualization of distributed systems

NetSimLan is a software simulating distributed systems. It’s made for but not limited to visualizing self stabilizing systems.

NetSimLan allows the implementation of algorithms in an easy language. Communication between network nodes is represented in an abstract way in this language. The software handles exceptions for unset variables, erroneous array indices and incorrect arithmetic expressions. The user’s program is compiled and runs inside a simulation. NetSimLan offers semi-synchronous and asynchronous communication. Every network node is periodically interrupted. A semi-synchronous node handles all messages it receives to the point of that interrupt. Afterwards it runs a special method called timeout, if implemented. On an interrupt an asynchronous nodes handles a random number of random messages or calls the special method timeout.

An incomplete list of the features is:

  • different node types with multiple node instances
  • methods with and without parameters, callable locally, remotely and by user
  • node states for simulating (temporary) failures
  • visualization of current connections
  • variables and data in node visable for user
  • prepared and dynamically generated graphs
  • slowdown for interrupt frequency by user
  • automated run for experiments
  • statistics
  • complete control by user


The software can be downloaded here.

A tutorial for the tool can be found here.


If you have any questions regarding NetSimLan, please, contact

The University for the Information Society