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Many visions for the future involve pervasive computing technology that links people and devices together to solve complex problems. The Global Information Grid (GIG), for example, as well as the TeraGrid and the Smart Grid, are large-scale endeavors in which computing resources are increasingly interconnected by wired, high bandwidth networks. However, in more localized crisis or tactical scenarios, the network infrastructure for users such as emergency responders or warfighters is wireless, often assembled on the spot without a preexisting infrastructure (i.e., An ad hoc network) and subject to changing topology as individual nodes enter, leave, or move in the environment.
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