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Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) offer a flexible way to connect mobile devices to build complex infrastructures. A key issue in MANETs is session set up and management since, unlike in conventional networks, there is no centralized component to provide such a service. Yet, session set up is necessary to provide any form of communication beyond unreliable, single message communication. In this paper, the authors describe SIPHoc, a middleware infrastructure for session set up and management in MANETs. SIPHoc provides the same interface as the SIP standard but its implementation is fully decentralized.
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