Date Added: Jun 2011
Wireless communication is becoming the dominant form of communication and ad hoc wireless connections are posed to play a role in disaster area networks. However, research efforts on wireless ad hoc communication protocols do not pay enough attention to measurable and reproducible indications of the mobile footprint including power consumption. Protocols and applications are initially designed and studied in a simulation environment and are hard to test in in-field experiments. In this paper, the authors report a multi-platform implementation of Random-Walk Gossip, a many cast protocol designed for message dissemination in disaster areas. Their work is focused in studying the resource footprint and its impact on performance on commercially available devices.