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Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET): Routing Protocol Performance Issues and Evaluation Considerations (RFC2501)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003084D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 10 page(s) / 27K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Corson: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This memo first describes the characteristics of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs), and their idiosyncrasies with respect to traditional, hardwired packet networks. It then discusses the effect these differences have on the design and evaluation of network control protocols with an emphasis on routing performance evaluation considerations.

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Network Working Group S. Corson

Request for Comments: 2501 University of Maryland

Category: Informational J. Macker

Naval Research Laboratory

January 1999

Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET):

Routing Protocol Performance Issues and Evaluation Considerations

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This memo first describes the characteristics of Mobile Ad hoc

Networks (MANETs), and their idiosyncrasies with respect to

traditional, hardwired packet networks. It then discusses the effect

these differences have on the design and evaluation of network

control protocols with an emphasis on routing performance evaluation

considerations.

1. Introduction

With recent performance advancements in computer and wireless

communications technologies, advanced mobile wireless computing is

expected to see increasingly widespread use and application, much of

which will involve the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) suite. The

vision of mobile ad hoc networking is to support robust and efficient

operation in mobile wireless networks by incorporating routing

functionality into mobile nodes. Such networks are envisioned to

have dynamic, sometimes rapidly-changing, random, multihop topologies

which are likely composed of relatively bandwidth-constrained

wireless links.

Within the Internet community, routing support for mobile hosts is

presently being formulated as "mobile IP" technology. This is a

technology to support nomadic host "roaming", where a roaming host

may be connected through various means to the Internet other than its

well known fixed-address domain space. The host may be directly

physically connected to the fixed network on a foreign subnet, or be

connected via a wireless link, dial-up line, etc. Supporting this

form of host mobility (or nomadicity) requires address management,

protocol interoperability enhancements and the like, but core network

functions such as hop-by-hop routing still presently rely upon pre-

existing routing protocols operating within the fixed network. In

contrast, the goal of mobile ad hoc networking is to extend mobility

into the realm of autonomous, mobile, wireless domains, where a set

of nodes--which may be combined routers and hosts--themselves form

the network routing infrastructure in an ad hoc fashion.

2. Applications

The technology of Mobile Ad hoc Networking is somewhat synonymous

with Mobile Packet Radio Networking (a term coined via during early

military research in the 70's and 80's), Mobile Mesh Networki...