Information-Centric Networking in Mobile and Opportunistic Networks

Anastasiades, Carlos; Braun, Torsten; Siris, Vasilios (2014). Information-Centric Networking in Mobile and Opportunistic Networks. In: Ganchev, Ivan; Curado, Marília; Kassler, Andreas (eds.) Wireless Networking for Moving Objects. Protocols, Architectures, Tools, Services and Applications. Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 8611 (pp. 14-30). Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-10834-6_2

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Information Centric Networking (ICN) as an emerging paradigm for the Future Internet has initially been rather focusing on bandwidth savings in wired networks, but there might also be some significant potential to support communication in mobile wireless networks as well as opportunistic network scenarios, where end systems have spontaneous but time-limited contact to exchange data. This chapter addresses the reasoning why ICN has an important role in mobile and opportunistic networks by identifying several challenges in mobile and opportunistic Information-Centric Networks and discussing appropriate solutions for them. In particular, it discusses the issues of receiver and source mobility. Source mobility needs special attention. Solutions based on routing protocol extensions, indirection, and separation of name resolution and data transfer are discussed. Moreover, the chapter presents solutions for problems in opportunistic Information-Centric Networks. Among those are mechanisms for efficient content discovery in neighbour nodes, resume mechanisms to recover from intermittent connectivity disruptions, a novel agent delegation mechanisms to offload content discovery and delivery to mobile agent nodes, and the exploitation of overhearing to populate routing tables of mobile nodes. Some preliminary performance evaluation results of these developed mechanisms are provided.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Communication and Distributed Systems (CDS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)

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Anastasiades, Carlos, Braun, Torsten


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics






Lecture Notes in Computer Science






Dimitrios Xenakis

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16 May 2014 09:56

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05 Dec 2022 14:34

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