Riverbed Modeler eliminates the need to build real test setups to design and evaluate our protocols and algorithms, saving us time and money. Modeler includes a broad library of models supported out-of-the-box while giving us the ability to quickly develop custom protocol and application models, significantly accelerating our network research. - Director, Middle East Mobile Innovation Center, Intel Corporation

What is network modeling?

Are your network designers constantly challenged by the growing complexity of communications protocols and the increasing scale of network deployments? Network R&D is no longer a process that can be conceded to spreadsheets or traditional software. In order for Network R&D organizations to innovate, they need robust network simulation software to easily and intuitively model the intricate end-to-end behavior of protocols. The solution must also be able to efficiently analyze the performance of these protocols and technologies in network infrastructure models of realistic scale.

Features and benefits of Riverbed Modeler

Modeler provides high-fidelity modeling, scalable simulation, and detailed analysis of a broad range of wired and wireless networks. Network R&D organizations rely on Riverved to boost productivity, improve product performance and quality, and accelerate time-to-market for fixed and wireless communication technologies. Riverved Modeler enables users to:

  • Develop proprietary wireless protocols and technologies
  • Evaluate enhancements to standards-based protocols
  • Test and demonstrate technology designs in realistic scenarios before production
  • Increase network R&D productivity and accelerate time-to-market

Riverbed Positioned as Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics.

Compared to competitive solutions, Modeler boasts the fastest discrete event-simulation engine on the market. Save time with access to the largest, most comprehensive library of open source, discrete event simulation models for the IT industry.


“Riverbed Modeler has proven itself an essential tool for system design.”
- Senior Product Engineer, Communication Systems, Technology Department, Indra

“Modeling with Riverbed means that we can confidently deliver design specifications that save time and money right from the beginning of the design lifecycle. Riverbed has now become an acknowledged tool for assessing the performance implications when delivering advanced services over BT's new 21st Century Broadband Network.”
- Broadband/21C Performance Lead Designer, BT

“Booz Allen has been using [SteelCentral] products for over 10 years. The Booz Allen SAFECOM team selected [SteelCentral] because of the high fidelity of its products, which is a paramount consideration for matters of public safety.”
- Program Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton

“Our SS7-over-IP Riverbed models enable us to accurately represent the behavior of next-generation signaling technology with high fidelity. Modeler’s detailed statistics give us valuable insight into how design alternatives will perform in realistic customer scenarios.”
- Network Planning Engineer, Professional Services, Tekelec

“Modeler serves as a catalyst in our R&D process and enables us to deliver advanced WiMAX solutions to the marketplace months before our competition.”
- Director, Systems Engineering, Aperto Networks

"Riverbed Modeler eliminates the need to build real test setups to design and evaluate our protocols and algorithms, saving us time and money. Modeler includes a broad library of models supported out-of-the-box while giving us the ability to quickly develop custom protocol and application models, significantly accelerating our network research."
- Director, Middle East Mobile Innovation Center, Intel Corporation

“By modeling our cutting-edge technology in Riverbed Modeler we are able to cut costs and accelerate time-to-market. We can thus concentrate our R&D resources on the differentiating aspects of our projects where we can realize true competitive advantage.”
- Project Leader, NEC Network Laboratories

“Riverbed’s extensive model library saves us from having to develop our models from scratch. We can quickly design prototype network architectures and then leverage [SteelCentral's] scalable virtual environment to accurately predict the performance impact of alternative architectures, topologies, and changes in traffic.”
- Advanced Engineering & Sciences, ITT Industries

“We have optimized our war game simulations ... with Modeler's high-fidelity communications effects simulation. We can now represent the reality of battlefield communications in our defense project simulations, enabling us to better support our customers.”
- Technology Manager, Mission Systems, Large International Defense Contractor

“Riverbed provides us the flexibility to develop real time models of military communication systems for application within larger synthetic environments and test beds.”
- Chief Systems Engineer, Communications Modeling, Large International Systems Integrator

How It Works

Step 1: Reduce simulation runtime by utilizing Modeler’s parallel and distributed simulation capabilities

Leverage three different simulation technologies to efficiently tradeoff simulation detail and speed

Step 2: Model network protocols, resources, algorithms, applications, and queuing policies in detail using Modeler’s object-oriented modeling

Accelerate model design with more than 400 out-of-the-box protocol and vendor device models from Modeler’s library

Step 3: Easily interpret simulation results using intuitive charts, tables, and graphs

Quickly correlate graphical results with network behavior by replaying simulations

 Riverbed Modeler - How it works graphic

Product Models

Riverbed Modeler helps network R&D organizations to boost productivity, improve product performance and quality, and accelerate time-to-market for fixed and wireless communication technologies. It comes in three flavors.

Riverbed Modeler for organizations large and small

As the main workhorse in the Riverbed Modeler family, this flavor accelerates the R&D process for analyzing and designing communication networks, devices, protocols, and applications.

The Riverbed Modeler Wireless Suite for simulating wireless networks

Use this flavor for when you want high-fidelity modeling, simulation, and analysis of a broad range of wireless networks.

The Riverbed Modeler Wireless Suite for Defense

Specially designed for the unique R&D requirements of the defense community, including research and development of network protocols and architectures crucial to Network-Centric Warfare implementations.

Modeler University Program

Riverbed provides its software for free to qualifying universities worldwide for academic research and teaching. Over 25,000 university professors and students use Riverbed’s products in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, and related disciplines.

The Riverbed Modeler University Program offers:

  • Full Model Library: Popular protocol and vendor device models are available, including specialized models such as IPv6, LTE, UMTS, MPLS, and WiMAX.
  • Advanced Modeling and Simulation: Discrete event simulation, analytic modeling, and hybrid technologies provide high fidelity, scalable simulations.
  • Targeted offering for Research groups within universities (explained in sections below).
  • Maintenance: Discounted maintenance is mandatory on all licenses and is offered to enable access to Riverbed technical support and training.
  • Access to on-line user-community: Share ideas, initiatives, and success and ask questions to a large peer user community.

University Research & Teaching Program

Riverbed Modeler and its modules model communication devices, protocols, technologies, and architectures, and simulate their performance in a dynamic virtual network environment. Integrated code debugging and data analysis features facilitate the design process. Riverbed’s products enable a broad range of academic research such as:

  • Evaluating and enhancing wireless protocols such as LTE, WiMAX, and 802.11.
  • Studying new power management schemes for sensor networks.
  • Researching new enhancements to core network technologies such as IPv6 and MPLS.
  • Analyzing optical network designs.

The purchase of maintenance is mandatory on all the modules offered through this Program and thus participants will have access to the on-site or web-based trainings offered by Riverbed.

Riverbed encourages research of new technologies and understands the importance of the academic community in this effort. Riverbed provides a platform to showcase your breakthrough research at the company’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Join the Riverbed Modeler University Splash Community.

Modeler Academic Edition

Modeler Academic Edition software is created for introductory level networking courses. This software incorporates tools for all phases of a study, including model design, simulation, data collection, and data analysis.

Convenient Features:

  • Based on Modeler version 17.5 PL6
  • Downloadable from our website at no charge
  • Built-in Wireless capability
  • Specially designed lab manuals
  • 6-month renewable license
  • Community support for our users

New Users: Register and Download here

Existing Users: Login here

Community Support: Register here

Models Offered

  • Modeler Wireless Suite
  • Flow Analysis Module
  • IPV6 for R&D Specialized Model
  • MPLS Specialized Model
  • UMTS Specialized Model
  • LTE Specialized Model
  • System-in-the-Loop Module
  • 802.16 Specialized Model
  • Shared Code Module
  • NetDoctor Module

Frequently Asked Questions

    Q1. How long does it take for the application to get approved?

    A1. It usually takes five business days for the application to get approved once we receive all the required information from the online application form.

    Q2. Can I install the licenses on my personal machine?

    A2. No. The licenses can only be installed in the university owned machines or labs.

    Q3. How do I renew my licenses?

    A3. In order to renew your licenses, you would need to upload your lab manuals/research papers and models on our Splash site.

    Q4. How do I make the payment if I want to purchase maintenance on my research licenses?

    A4. You can either pay us by credit card, check or wire transfer the amount. We will provide you with more details once your application is approved.

    Q5. Does my university qualify to be a part of University Program?

    A5. Please fill out the application form. We will process the application within five business days and apprise you as needed.

    Q6. Who needs to fill out the online application form – Student/ Professor?

    A6. Any one can fill out the online application form. However, any student filling out the online application form must provide us with complete details about their professor.

    Q7. Do all users have access to Riverbed Technical Support?

    A7. University Research Program license holders with active maintenance contracts can contact Riverbed Technical Support. Additionally, the online user community on is a useful medium for technical discussions for research and teaching applications of Modeler.

    Q8. How do I contact technical support?

    A8. Please check for contact details.

    Q9. Does Riverbed help train students and professors to use Riverbed products?

    A9. Yes, customers with active maintenance contracts can attend on-site or web-based trainings. They can also access past year’s conference proceedings at their convenience.


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