A Quantitative Comparison of Communication Paradigms for MANETs

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Executive Summary

Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANET) present a challenging area for application development. The combination of mobile nodes and wireless communication can create highly dynamic networks with frequent disconnections and unpredictable availability. Several language paradigms have been applied to MANETs, but there has been no quantitative comparison of alternative approaches. This paper presents the first quantitative evaluation of three common communication paradigms (publish/subscribe, RPC, and tuple spaces) compared within realistic MANET environments using real applications. The authors investigate the application-level performance of the paradigms and present a summary of their relative strengths and weaknesses.

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