Towards Benchmarking the Performance and Dependability of Ad Hoc Networks in Presence of Attacks

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Executive Summary

Ad hoc networks are multi-hop wireless networks where all nodes cooperatively maintain network connectivity without fixed infrastructures and centralized administration. Many researches have been focused so far on improving the performance, thus widening the application domain, of ad hoc networks. From a dependability viewpoint, these networks exhibit a natural ability for handling node failures and fast topology changes. In addition, openness of wireless links and lack of infrastructure lead such networks to encompass a number of vulnerabilities that are vastly different from their traditional wired counterparts. This paper reports on the state of existing research in the domain of the evaluation of ad hoc networks.

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