Routing in quasi-deterministic intermittently connected networks

Paolo Giaccone*, David Hay, Giovanni Neglia, Leonardo Rocha

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Some of the recent applications using wireless communications (wildlife monitoring, inter-vehicles communication, battlefield communication,...) are characterized by challenging network scenarios. Most of the time there is not a complete path from a source to a destination (because the network is sparse), or such a path is highly unstable and may change or break while being discovered (because of nodes mobility and time-variations of the wireless channel). Networks under these conditions are usually referred to as Intermittently Connected Networks (ICNs) or Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs). In such scenarios information delivery is then based on the store-carry-forward paradigm: a mobile node first stores the routing message from the source, carries it from a physical location to another and then forwards it to an intermediate node or to the destination. Typical examples of ICNs are those where nodes are intrinsically mobile (independently from data transfer purpose): vehicular networks [2] (in which data is carried over cars and buses), "pocket area networks" [2] (in which data is carried by people carrying small devices like PDAs), mixed ground/satellite networks and networks of sensors attached to animals [9]. Also some scenarios in which some nodes are mobile and some nodes are fixed (e.g, mobile devices with fixed gateways) present the same challenges.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationBioinspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems - 4th International Conference, BIONETICS 2009, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems, BIONETICS 2009 - Avignon, France
Duration: 9 Dec 200911 Dec 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume39 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference4th International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems, BIONETICS 2009


  • Delay tolerant networks
  • Intermittently connected networks
  • Routing


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