Mercury: Leveraging clustering in opportunistic networks

Mehedi Bakht, Samuel C. Nelson, Nathanael Thompson, Robin Hillary Kravets

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Protocols for opportunistic networks have until this point focused primarily on overcoming the partitioning of those networks. However, emerging studies show that opportunistic networks also exhibit considerable clustering. Neither current store-carry-forward protocols nor path-based protocols are equipped to effectively handle both of these network characteristics. In response, we present the design of light-weight clustering techniques that allow our protocol, Mercury, to perform well in both partitioned and clustered environments by integrating store-carry-forward techniques with path-based techniques when appropriate. Our evaluations show that Mercury can significantly increase delivery ratio (from 13% to 80% over existing protocols with real life traces) while lowering average latency considerably.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IFIP Wireless Days, WD 2011
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event2011 IFIP Wireless Days, WD 2011 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Duration: Oct 10 2011Oct 12 2011

Publication series

NameIFIP Wireless Days
ISSN (Print)2156-9711
ISSN (Electronic)2156-972X


Other2011 IFIP Wireless Days, WD 2011
CityNiagara Falls, ON

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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