Intermodal data transport for massive offloading of conventional data networks

Abstract : In this thesis, we exploit the daily mobility of vehicles to create an alternative transmission medium. Our objective is to draw on the many vehicular trips taken by cars or public transports to overcome the limitations of conventional data networks such as the Internet. In the first part, we take advantage of the bandwidth resulting from the mobility of vehicles equipped with storage capabilities to offload large amounts of delay-tolerant traffic from the Internet. Data is transloaded to data storage devices we refer to as offloading spots, located where vehicles stop often and long enough to transfer large amounts of data. Those devices act as data relays, i.e., they store data it is until loaded on and carried by a vehicle to the next offloading spot where it can be dropped off for later pick-up and delivery by another vehicle. We further extend the concept of offloading spots according to two directions in the context of vehicular cloud services. In the first extension, we exploit the storage capabilities of the offloading spots to design a cloud-like storage and sharing system for vehicle passengers. In the second extension, we dematerialize the offloading spots into pre-defined areas with high densities of vehicles that meet long enough to transfer large amounts of data. The performance evaluation of the various works conducted in this thesis shows that everyday mobility of entities surrounding us enables innovative services with limited reliance on conventional data networks.
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Benjamin Baron. Intermodal data transport for massive offloading of conventional data networks. Networking and Internet Architecture [cs.NI]. Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI, 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016PA066454⟩. ⟨tel-01506982v2⟩

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