cs 16(8): e2

Research Article

Fighting packet storms in mobile networks with information-centrism

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/icst.qshine.2014.256413,
        author={Vaggelis Douros and Nikos Fotiou and George Polyzos},
        title={Fighting packet storms in mobile networks with information-centrism},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems},
        keywords={signaling messages, cellular networks},
  • Vaggelis Douros
    Nikos Fotiou
    George Polyzos
    Year: 2014
    Fighting packet storms in mobile networks with information-centrism
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.qshine.2014.256413
Vaggelis Douros1,*, Nikos Fotiou1, George Polyzos1
  • 1: AUEB
*Contact email: douros@aueb.gr


Mobile application development for smartphones is a trend in the telecommunications industry. However, their deployment is not seamless since many applications are not mobile network-friendly. A key problem that frequently arises is an excessive number of signaling messages, known as signaling storms. This leads to very high overhead and a decrease in operator income. We focus on this problem and propose an approach that is based on an information-centric networking deployment at the access network. We compute the number of signaling messages and derive the conditions under which our approach leads to fewer messages than the approach that is used in current networks. We also argue about the network and application layer modifications that are needed for the adoption of our method.