Mobility

MobTorrent: A Framework for Mobile Internet Access From Vehicles

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors present MobTorrent, an on demand, user-driven framework designed for vehicles which have intermittent high speed access to roadside WiFi Access Points (AP). Mobile nodes in MobTorrent use the WWAN network as a control channel. When a mobile client wants to initiate a download, instead of waiting for contact with the AP, it informs one (or multiple) selected AP(s) to prefetch the content. The scheduling algorithm in MobTorrent then replicates the prefetched data on the mobile helpers so that the total amount of data transferred and the average transfer rate to the mobile clients are maximized.

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