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HINT - from opportunistic network characterization to application development

Baudic, Gwilherm. HINT - from opportunistic network characterization to application development. PhD, Réseaux, Télécommunications, Systèmes et Architecture, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, 2016

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Delay Tolerant Networks are currently a promising alternative to infrastructure-based networks, but they have not seen a wide deployment so far. There are several ways to evaluate the performance of such networks: field trials, theoretical models, simulation, emulation or replaying contact datasets. Each one has its advantages and drawbacks in terms of material cost, realism, required time or ability to manage real nodes. However, none of them effectively addresses the needs of application developers. In this thesis, we will focus on emulation. In a first part, we will deal with possible inputs for such a system. We first propose an analytical model to predict the drop ratio in a network where nodes have a one-packet buffer. Then, taking inspiration from trace scaling approaches from the literature, we study the hypotheses and assumptions taken for real traces statistical analyses, showing their impact on the obtained probability distributions and observed network performance metrics. We then extend this study to the whole life cycle of real traces, by considering data collection, filtering and scaling. In a second part, we propose a possible architecture for a hybrid DTN emulator, using both real nodes as smartphones and virtual nodes. The main advantage here is to be able to evaluate real applications, including preexisting ones, in a DTN context, doing so as transparently as possible. We identify the limitations of existing approaches, which helps us build a list of specifications for our system. Then, we propose a system called HINT which matches these specifications. HINT is validated, and applied to the study of some examples.

Item Type:PhD Thesis
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
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Lochin, Emmanuel and Pérennou, Tanguy
Deposited On:20 Dec 2016 10:22

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