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The personal network (PN) concept extends the personal area network (PAN) by including remote personal nodes, such as nodes at home or in the office. This extension is achieved through dynamic tunnels established between the remote PN entities. Scalability presents a major challenge for tunnel management in PNs due to their dynamic nature and the increasing number of simultaneously supported PNs. To reduce the PN management complexity, this paper proposes to use a peer-to-peer-based publish/subscribe naming (PPNS) system. The PPNS system enables an automated provisioning of the location information in the tunnel endpoints. A centralised management approach is proposed for the on-demand PN establishment and a distributed management approach is proposed for the always-on PN establishment.
Date of Conference: 13-15 Feb. 2008