Fitting Genetic Algorithms to Distributed On-Line Evolution of Network Protocols

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors introduce a framework for enabling the on-line evolution of network protocols. The proposed approach is based on the use of techniques and tools drawn from evolutionary computing research, and it enables embedding evolutionary features in the operation of network protocols. In this way, it becomes possible to build a system in which the operation of the network changes at run-time to adapt to the current conditions. As a case study, the authors apply the proposed framework to the evolution of forwarding schemes in intermittently connected wireless networks.

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