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Routing and inter-session network coding in delay tolerant mobile social networks

Abstract : We consider Delay Tolerant Mobile Social Networks (DTMSN), made of wireless nodes with intermittent connections and clustered into social communities. This thesis deals with the analysis and design of information transfer strategies in DTMSN. It is mostly dedicated to investigate the use of Inter-Session Network Coding (ISNC) towards this goal. Network coding is a generalization of routing and ISNC is known as a difficult optimization problem in general, specifically because it can easily get detrimental, compared to no coding, if not designed carefully. The first part of this thesis addresses theoretically the optimization problem of the (non-ISNC) routing policy in DTMSNs. We generalize the existing results for homogeneous topologies. The second part of the thesis designs and models a parameterized pairwise ISNC control policy that encompasses both routing and coding controls with an energy constraint. In order to tackle heuristically the optimization problem, the third chapter presents an experimental study of pairwise ISNC to investigate when it can be beneficial or detrimental. We examine the impact on ISNC performance of a number of parameters, such as the constraint on the maximum number of copies per packet, the network load, the buffer size of the relay nodes and the buffer management policies. The fourth chapter addresses the design of decentralized coding criteria allowing to trigger online session mixing if ISNC may be beneficial. We test these coding criteria on both toy topologies and real-world traces, pointing out and explaining the limits of our approach.
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Neetya Shrestha. Routing and inter-session network coding in delay tolerant mobile social networks. Other [cs.OH]. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015NICE4020⟩. ⟨tel-01167966⟩

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