Percolating Data Delivery on Cellular-Ad Hoc Integrated Network

Yoshiki SHIMOTSUMA  Takashi SAKAKURA  Kouji YOSHIDA  Masahiro KURODA  Tadanori MIZUNO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E84-B   No.4   pp.771-778
Publication Date: 2001/04/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Mobile Multimedia Communications)
cellular phone,  ad hoc network,  Bluetooth,  multicast,  performance evaluation,  data synchronization,  

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The third generation cellular system will provide high bandwidth data service and multimedia applications are proposed on the high-speed data link. On the other hand, cellular handsets are getting equipped with a short-range radio communication device that is mainly targeted to connect cellular handsets to computers. In this paper, we propose a percolating data delivery mechanism for a cellular-ad hoc integrated network utilizing multicast/broadcast communication, which is endorsed by data synchronization, and single-hop ad hoc networks for information shower/exchange services. The mechanism lessens data traffic in both the cellular and the ad hoc network for data delivery and tolerates unexpected disconnection in the ad hoc network. The mechanism also compensates data delivery in areas out of the cellular service. Our implementation of the data delivery mechanism utilizes Bluetooth for an ad hoc network configuration, and delivers data in the cellular network to the Bluetooth ad hoc network via the data synchronization mechanism. We evaluate communication traffic and delivery time on the prototype system and discuss about the efficiency of the mechanism.