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EXata/Cyber

EXata/Cyber provides new features that enable users to analyze the impact of cyber warfare and network security. It uses a software virtual network (SVN) to digitally represent the entire network, the various protocol layers, antennas and devices. Every packet in the network, end-to-end, is represented in the system. EXata/Cyber can interoperate, at one or more protocol layers, with real radios and devices to provide hardware-in-the-loop capabilities. EXata/Cyber can also be connected to systems with real applications, which run on the SVN just like they are running on real networks. And, 3rd party software like Wireshark, snort and SNMP managers can interoperate with the SVN just like they do with real networks.

Mobile wireless networks are especially vulnerable to radio frequency (RF) jamming attacks that are often indistinguishable from phenomenon that often impact them like ‘normal’ interference, terrain and weather. Mobile ad-hoc networks (MANET) are also seriously affected by traditional wired network cyber security issues like eavesdropping, network probes or port scanning, and denial of service attacks.

EXata/Cyber is a toolkit for research and development, test and evaluation, and training of cyber warfare technologies. EXata/Cyber is an open platform allowing users to create and modify attacks and counter measures. Attacks can be targeted on specialized networks like wireless, wired, mobile ad-hoc (MANET) and tactical networks. Users can then analyze their impact on the network itself, applications and end-users.

What Sets EXata Apart?

EXata is new evaluation technology for new wireless technologies. EXata is a digital representation of networks … a representation so accurate that a user or component connected to the virtual network can not discern whether it’s connected to the digital representation or the real thing. EXata emulation is not a substitute for existing modeling and simulation; it is a whole new category of evaluation/development tool that does what the other products were not designed to do.

EXata is a realistic software virtual network. EXata enables you to digitally represent your entire network - devices, software, transmitters, antennas, terrain effects, atmospheric effects, and human interaction effects. You can now represent every variable that will affect the performance of your real network in an EXata Software Virtual Network.

EXata empowers you to move from months to minutes. With emulation, network and equipment tests that traditionally required months to perform all the calculations can now be performed in minutes, with real-network behavior.

EXata brings ultra-fidelity at 50 or 5,000 nodes. Competitors’ simulation programs, written with legacy sequential processing code, can only simulate a maximum of about 200 devices, and fidelity drops as you approach that number. With EXata, you get the same accurate representation of your network whether you’re testing 50 nodes or 5,000.

Key Differences Between QualNet and EXata

  • QualNet is a simulator; EXata is an emulator.
  • QualNet is designed for a closed environment; EXata connects to live networks.
  • QualNet runs in as fast-as possible mode; EXata runs in real time to interoperate with real networks
  • All QualNet users with the IPNE add-on can upgrade to EXata. IPNE will no longer be available for QualNet. Instead, EXata 2.0 includes all QualNet and IPNE features plus many more.

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Components of EXata
Cyber Warfare