Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Most routing protocols for delay tolerant networks resort to the sufficient state information, including trajectory and contact information, to ensure routing efficiency. However, state information tends to be dynamic and hard to obtain without a global and/or long-term collection process. In this paper, the authors use the internal social features of each node in the network to perform the routing process. In this way, feature-based routing converts a routing problem in a highly mobile and unstructured contact space to a static and structured feature space. This approach is motivated from several human contact networks, such as the Infocom 2006 trace and MIT reality mining data, where people contact each other more frequently if they have more social features in common.