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An approach to mobile ad hoc network protocol kernel design

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3 Author(s)
Lusheng Ji ; Inst. for Syst. Res., Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA ; Ishibashi, M. ; Corson, M.S.

This paper summarizes work underway at the University of Maryland on the design of a protocol kernel for mobile ad hoc networks. The kernel's architecture is modular, and follows a composition-based approach to protocol kernel construction. In this approach, interacting policies are logically, vertically closely-coupled, but physically loosely-coupled. Thus, various components of the kernel may be changed more easily. The architecture supports the notion of routing through an IP-layer routing “fabric”, a construction which is a logical union of multiple, multi-hop topologies-each network using a different link layer technology. The architecture explicitly separates the policy functions of data routing and forwarding-an approach that more clearly associates a policy with its function, requires independent specification of both policies and results in a more flexible and configurable kernel

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Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 1999. WCNC. 1999 IEEE

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