Mobility

Cognitive Attributes in a Mobile Ad-Hoc Network

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Executive Summary

This paper presents an initial investigation into the feasibility of improving end-to-end delay or better meeting mission objectives in a Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork (MANET) environment by applying existing methodologies that have been proposed in Cognitive Networks (CNs). MANETs are networks without a predefined infrastructure with very limited resources as opposed to conventional wired or wireless networks. This identifies several limitations that currently restrict the operation of a MANET and presents an investigation that adopts approaches found in a CN and apply these techniques to a MANET environment. The limitations are spectrum allocation, routing, node mobility and mission awareness. The work proposes a cross-layered approach in order to adapt the operation of the MANET.

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