Content diffusion in wireless MANETs

the impact of mobility and demand

Bryce Thomas*, Ian Atkinson, Raja Jurdak

*Corresponding author for this work

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An intriguing approach to increasing throughput, owering latency, extending network coverage and reducing load on infrastructure is wireless content sharing via Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs). The potential efficacy of multi-hop MANET content diffusion is heavily influenced by small-scale patterns of mobility and content demand; a topic about which relatively little is known. We infer device encounters from a large multi-site wireless access point association trace to analyze the impact of i) time of day ii) day of week iii) site and iv) number of content sources on universal diffusion potential. In addition, we draw upon an empirical trace of application usage from a popular mobile campus maps application to model realistic content demand. Using trace-driven simulations we find that universal diffusion potential varies widely over the analyzed parameters, favoring larger more active sites and weekdays over weekends. More content sources proves beneficial, though mostly over the short-term. Our analysis of content demand for campus maps suggests that up to a third of application requests could be served from the MANET over a 12-hour period and again that weekdays are more amenable to content diffusion than weekends.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIWCMC 2014
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479909599, 9781479973248
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, IWCMC 2014 - Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 4 Aug 20148 Aug 2014


Other10th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, IWCMC 2014


  • content diffusion
  • content-centric networking
  • mobile ad hoc networks
  • performance analysis
  • trace data

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