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The Quest for a Killer App for Opportunistic and Delay Tolerant Networks
Citation key LH-QKAODTN-09
Author Lindgren, Anders and Hui, Pan
Title of Book Proceedings of the ACM MobiCom Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS '09)
Pages 59–66
Year 2009
ISBN 978-1-60558-741-7
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1614222.1614233
Location Beijing, China
Address New York, NY, USA
Month September
Note Invited Paper
Editor May, Martin and Karlsson, Gunnar and Zegura, Ellen
Publisher ACM
Abstract 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 pro jects. 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.
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