Optimal activation and transmission control in delay tolerant networks

Eitan Altman, Amar Prakash Azad, Tamer Başar, Francesco De Pellegrini

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Much research has been devoted to maximize the life time of mobile ad-hoc networks. Life time has often been defined as the time elapsed until the first node is out of battery power. In the context of static networks, this could lead to disconnectivity. In contrast, Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs) leverage the mobility of relay nodes to compensate for lack of permanent connectivity, and thus enable communication even after some nodes deplete their stored energy. One can thus consider the lifetimes of nodes as some additional parameters that can be controlled to optimize the performance of a DTN. In this paper, we consider two ways in which the energy state of a mobile can be controlled. Both listening and transmission require energy, besides each of these has a different type of effect on the network performance. Therefore we consider a joint optimization problem consisting of: i) activation, which determines when a mobile will turn on in order to receive packets, and ii) transmission control, which regulates the beaconing. The optimal solutions are shown to be of the threshold type. The findings are validated through extensive simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 Proceedings IEEE INFOCOM
StatePublished - 2010
EventIEEE INFOCOM 2010 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 14 2010Mar 19 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Delay tolerant networks
  • Fluid models
  • Optimal control
  • Threshold policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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