The Scenario Simulator is a new, very powerful and flexible testing tool for simulating traffic in SS7 networks. You use it to build test environments for testing network elements and services.
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What is the Scenario Simulator?
The is a new, very powerful and flexible testing tool for simulating traffic in SS7 networks. You use it for testing network elements and services by building a test environment with:
- test cases defined as scenario definitions — Each scenario definition (defined with the ) describes the end-to-end message flow for a particular call-flow use-case. The can simulate many scenarios at the same time.
- test data as data-sets — Tables of data used in scenario definitions during runtime. Data-sets can either be specified inline (inside the scenario), or in an external CSV file.
- endpoints — You can configure physical network endpoints with an associated address. Endpoints are bound the roles that are defined in the scenario definitions
- a TCAP stack — You configure the simulator to connect with an external TCAP stack or to use the built-in Sim TCAP stack
You can use the scenario simulator to generate traffic (e.g to emulate a SSF) or to receive traffic (e.g to emulate an SCP or HLR) for functional and load testing. Imagine, for example, you are working on a VPN style application. You can write scenario definitions covering all the ways your application can interact with the switch and also all the ways your application can interact with an HLR. The scenario simulator incorporates powerful scenario matching technology and applies the most appropriate scenario based on the messages sent and received.