Evaluating Context Information Predictability for Autonomic Communication

Mirco Musolesi, Cecilia Mascolo

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Delay tolerant and mobile ad hoc networks, present considerable challenges to the development of protocols and systems. In particular, the challenge of being able to cope with their variability is an important one: sometimes the rate at which these systems change in terms of context (such as topology, colocation duration and availability and quality of the local resources) is very high and these changes are unpredictable. Knowledge of context could be used to improve the performance of such systems. For example, context information may be extremely useful to make routing decisions. Some recent approaches have successfully exploited context and prediction on future context condition to improve performance, for instance in terms of delivery ratio and delay.
In this paper, we present a model of predictability of context information and the design of a generic component implementing it. The component can be used to decide if (or in which measure) context is predictable. The model is based on the analysis of the time series representing the context information. In order to show how the component can be used in practice, we describe its integration in our Context-aware Adaptive Routing (CAR) protocol.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2006 International Symposium on World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WOWMOM'06)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


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