LifeNet: A Flexible Ad Hoc Networking Solution for Transient Environments

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Executive Summary

The authors demonstrate a new ad hoc routing method that can handle transience such as node-mobility, obstructions and node failures. It has controlled management overhead, and is platform-independent (their demo includes phones, routers, and laptops running different operating systems). It achieves reliability and flexibility at the expense of throughput. It is ideal for scenarios where the reliability of connectivity is critical and bandwidth requirements are low. For e.g., disaster relief operations and sensor networks. Along with applications, they exhibit measurements to illustrate the advantages of their approach in dealing with transience.

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