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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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.