Mobile Networks and Management. First International Conference, MONAMI 2009, Athens, Greece, October 13-14, 2009. Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Context-Aware Connectivity and Mobility in Wireless Mesh Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-11817-3_5,
        author={Ricardo Matos and Susana Sargento},
        title={Context-Aware Connectivity and Mobility in Wireless Mesh Networks},
        proceedings={Mobile Networks and Management. First International Conference, MONAMI 2009, Athens, Greece, October 13-14, 2009. Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MONAMI},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Network Virtualization Wireless Mesh Networks Multi-overlay architecture Context-awareness Mobility Multi-homing Intelligent decisions},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-11817-3_5}
    }
    
  • Ricardo Matos
    Susana Sargento
    Year: 2012
    Context-Aware Connectivity and Mobility in Wireless Mesh Networks
    MONAMI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11817-3_5
Ricardo Matos1,*, Susana Sargento1,*
  • 1: Universidade de Aveiro
*Contact email: ricardo.matos@ua.pt, susana@ua.pt

Abstract

Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) have shown a high-potential to fulfill the requirements of the Next Generation Networks (NGNs). Although mobility management is crucial to develop large-scale WMNs, the heterogeneity of today’s Internet will imply a context-aware architecture in the future to optimize the users’ experience. Network virtualization, as a mean to share and isolate resources, can be used as an element to construct different types of virtual networks (overlays), each one optimized for a specific set of contexts: security, mobility, Quality of Service (QoS), cost, preferences. In this paper, we present a context-aware multi-overlay architecture that enables a user to connect to the WMN that best fits its requirements and approaches. We concentrate on how to build such an architecture: how a user can move maintaining its requirements through the re-configuration of overlays, and how context can be mapped, organized and distributed in the network nodes. We also discuss the entities and the complexity of this architecture.