Integrating Overlay Protocols for Providing Autonomic Services in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Panagiotis GOUVAS
Gregoris MENTZAS
Nikolas MITROU

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E93-B    No.8    pp.2022-2034
Publication Date: 2010/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E93.B.2022
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Implementation, Experiments, and Practice for Ad Hoc and Mesh Networks)
autonomic services,  MANETs,  adapted T-MAN,  DSR,  p2p,  overlay networks,  

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Next generation network characteristics increase the complexity in the design and provision of advanced services, making inappropriate the selection of traditional approaches. Future networks are becoming larger in scale, more dynamic and more heterogeneous. In order to cope with these requirements, services are expected to adapt to environmental conditions and require minimum human intervention. In this paper a new model for providing autonomous and decentralized services is proposed, especially focusing on mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). Using a newly proposed four-layered approach, service development may be realized independently from the underlying physical network. In a reference implementation, it is demonstrated that it is possible to set up an overlay network that hides any network changes from the service layer. Multiple mechanisms have been adapted in order to efficiently -- in terms of message exchanges and convergence time -- operate over an ad hoc environment. Finally, it is demonstrated that a specific service could operate over a dynamic network with multiple failures.