The Quest for a Killer App for Opportunistic and Delay Tolerant Networks (Invited Paper)

Lindgren, Anders and Hui, Pan (2009) The Quest for a Killer App for Opportunistic and Delay Tolerant Networks (Invited Paper). In: ACM MobiCom Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS 2009), 25 September 2009, Beijing, China.

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Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) has attracted a lot of attention from the research community in recent years. Much work have been done regarding network architectures and algorithms for routing and forwarding in such networks. At the same time as many show enthusiasm for this exciting new research area there are also many sceptics, who question the usefulness of research in this area. In the past, we have seen other research areas become over-hyped and later die out as there was no killer app for them that made them useful in real scenarios. Real deployments of DTN systems have so far mostly been limited to a few niche scenarios, where they have been done as proof-of-concept field tests in research projects. In this paper, we embark upon a quest to find out what characterizes a potential killer applications for DTNs. Are there applications and situations where DTNs provide services that could not be achieved otherwise, or have potential to do it in a better way than other techniques? Further, we highlight some of the main challenges that needs to be solved to realize these applications and make DTNs a part of the mainstream network landscape.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:3820
Deposited By:Anders Lindgren
Deposited On:22 Feb 2010 09:50
Last Modified:23 Feb 2010 13:55

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