Date Added: Oct 2010
Tactical networks are highly dynamic environments characterized by constrained resources, limited bandwidth, and intermittent connectivity. The limits on communication cause significant delays in the delivery of information to edge users. This paper focuses on an approach to improve the timeliness of access to information via prediction and pre-staging. The approach also incorporates a learning mechanism to dynamically adapt the information prediction algorithm. This capability has been integrated into the DisService peer-to-peer information dissemination system, which opportunistically exploits any available connectivity to address the challenging environment. The extended system, called DisServicePro (for Proactive) predicts the information needs of edge users using their mission description, including the routes that users may take as part of the mission.