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Signaling for conferencing in mobile ad hoc networks

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Signaling for conferencing in mobile ad hoc networks

Fu, Chunyan (2008) Signaling for conferencing in mobile ad hoc networks. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) are networks that do not need to be pre-configured. They are composed of transient nodes connected through wireless interfaces. Due to their flexibility, the ease to build and the associated low cost, they are gaining more and more momentum. They are also seen as part of the fourth generation wireless networks. New applications, such as conferencing, are emerging for such networks. Conferencing enables a set of applications such as audio/video conferencing, debating, distance-learning and multi-party gaming. The implementation of conferencing in MANETs is not an easy task due to scarce network resources, heterogeneous devices, frequently changing topology and unstable wireless connections. It challenges each technical aspect of conferencing: signaling, media handling and conference control. Signaling is the control component of conferencing. It handles the session initiation, modification and termination. In this work, we focus on signaling for conferencing in MANETs. Two types of MANETs are considered: standalone MANETs and integrated MANETs/3G networks. Background information is provided, requirements are derived and the state of the art, including signaling protocols such as SIP and H.323, are reviewed. Since there is no existing solution that meets all of the derived requirements, we propose a novel cluster-based signaling architecture that meets the requirements of signaling for standalone MANETs. The clusters are application-layer clusters that are dynamically created and deleted for a conference. We also propose a signaling architectures for integrated MANETs/3G networks. The solution is based on conference gateways. We implement the architectures using SIP extensions. Experimental results are obtained from prototypes and OPNET based simulations. In the prototype, we built the signaling system on a small scale network using IEEE 802.11 ad hoc settings. In the OPNET simulation, we use MANET features. From experiments, we found that clustering is a very promising approach for solving signaling problems in MANETs. Being aware of several performance issues of our signaling systems, we further propose optimization schemes that are based on cross-layer design. We also implement some of these schemes and apply them to our signaling systems. The evaluation shows that the schemes significantly improve the signaling performance.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Fu, Chunyan
Pagination:xviii, 182 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date:2008
Thesis Supervisor(s):Khendek, Ferhat
ID Code:975840
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:15
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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