Provided by: University of Calgary
Date Added: Apr 2013
The current networking scenario is characterized by widespread availability of ubiquitous devices with significant processing capabilities, e.g., Smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In addition, the simultaneous availability of multiple connectivity interfaces, e.g., cellular, WiFi, and Ethernet, pushes towards spontaneous networking scenarios where devices create a multi-network environment based on collaborative and best-effort dispatching of packets. Connectivity in such novel scenarios is far less reliable than in traditional networks, e.g., links abruptly dis/appear simply due to node mobility, thus making hard to support quality-sensitive applications.