Date Added: Nov 2012
Specialized ad hoc networks of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been playing increasingly important roles in military and emergency applications. Common resource virtualization techniques mainly designed for stable networks fall short in providing optimal performance in these kinds of networks due to the highly dynamic and unstable nature of Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANETs). In this paper, the authors propose application of Opportunistic Resource Utilization Networks (Oppnets), a novel type of MANETs, for UAV ad hoc networking. Oppnets provide middleware to facilitate building flexible and adaptive distributed systems that provide all kinds of resources or services to the requesting application via a helper mechanism.