A Cross-Layer Protocol for Cooperative Content Delivery Over Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

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Real-time multimedia streaming over MANETs is an active research field since this technology promises scalable and robust audio/video delivery without infrastructure. Even though this problem has several commune features with peer-to-peer routing, the additional sensible parameters of MANETs make wired solutions unfit to this case; therefore, the authors propose a content routing/delivery protocol inherently designed for the ad-hoc wireless case, exploiting the intrinsic broadcast property of the medium. They provided an implementation of this protocol and they tested it in several use-cases, observing how it assures availability, robustness, and scalability.