The emergence of wireless sensor networks brought many open issues to network designers. Traditionally, the three main techniques for analyzing the performance of wired and wireless networks are analytical methods, computer simulation, and physical measurement. However, because of many constraints imposed on sensor networks, such as energy limitation, decentralized collaboration and fault tolerance, algorithms for sensor networks tend to be quite complex and usually defy analytical methods that have been proved to be fairly effective for traditional networks. Furthermore, few sensor networks have come into existence, for there are still many unsolved research problems, so measurement is virtually impossible. It appears that simulation is the only feasible approach to the quantitative analysis of sensor networks.