Virtual infrastructure for wireless ad hoc networks
Author(s)Gilbert, Seth, 1976-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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One of the most significant challenges introduced by ad hoc networks is coping with the unpredictable deployment, uncertain reliability, and erratic communication exhibited by emerging wireless networks and devices. The goal of this thesis is to develop a set of algorithms that address these challenges and simplify the design of algorithms for ad hoc networks. In the first part of this thesis, I introduce the idea of virtual infrastructure, an abstraction that provides reliable and predictable components in an unreliable and unpredictable environment. This part assumes reliable communication, focusing primarily on the problems created by unpredictable motion and fault-prone devices. I introduce several types of virtual infrastructure, and present new algorithms based on the replicated-state-machine paradigm to implement these infrastructural components. In the second part of this thesis, I focus on the problem of developing virtual infrastructure for more realistic networks, in particular coping with the problem of unreliable communication. I introduce a new framework for modeling wireless networks based on the ability to detect collisions. I then present a new algorithm for implementing replicated state machines in wireless networks, and show how to use replicated state machines to implement virtual infrastructure even in an environment with unreliable communication.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2007.Includes bibliographical references (v. 2, p. 585-591) and index.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.