Towards the opportunistic combination of mobile ad-hoc networks with infrastructure access

João Leitão, Nuno Preguiça, João M. Lourenço, Hervé Paulino

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Abstract

One of the main characteristics of mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs) is the lack of global, consistent, and up-To-date knowledge of the network topology. Thus, when routing messages, they must be forwarded from one node to the next based solely on each node's current local knowledge of the network. If, somehow, some nodes also have Internet access (even if intermittently), the mix of MANETs with that infrastructure access allows for a wider range of possi-bilities. In this exploratory work-in-progress paper, we ar-gue for the opportunistic combination of ad-hoc networking with infrastructure access as a way of enabling possible op-timizations. The routing protocol can leverage on the fact that some nodes might have infrastructure access and use them to make messages \jump" through the network when-ever it pays o-. Thus, we address the interaction between the ad-hoc routing and the infrastructure access by devis-ing a decision algorithm that determines when it is better for a message to be routed through the network using ad-hoc techniques, and when it is better to route them through a tunnel where the endpoints are nodes with access to the infrastructure, enabling long \jumps" over the network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st Workshop on Middleware for Edge Clouds and Cloudlets, MECC 2016
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4668-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2016
Event1st Workshop on Middleware for Edge Clouds and Cloudlets, MECC 2016 - Trento, Italy
Duration: 12 Dec 201616 Dec 2016

Conference

Conference1st Workshop on Middleware for Edge Clouds and Cloudlets, MECC 2016
CountryItaly
CityTrento
Period12/12/1616/12/16

Keywords

  • Infrastructure Access
  • Mobile Ad-hoc Networks
  • Mobile Edge Clouds
  • Routing Protocol

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