30 Apr '13, 2pm
1000 nodes on a mobile ad hoc network? DARPA wants radical ideas to make it possible
DARPA Seeks Clean-Slate Ideas For Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) April 30, 2013 Goal is to investigate radical concepts for 20X increase in MANET size Troops operating in forward locations without telecommunication infrastructure often rely on a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) to communicate and share data. The communication devices troops use on foot or in vehicles double as nodes on the mobile network. A constraint with current MANETs is they can only scale to around 50 nodes before network services become ineffective. For the past 20 years, researchers have unsuccessfully used Internet-based concepts in attempts to significantly scale MANETs. DARPA is exploring new technologies unencumbered by Internet Protocols (IP) that could be the key to enabling large MANETs. Although the Internet facilitated far-reaching technical advances, in this technology area the Internet may ...