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Toward a Mobility-Driven Architecture for Multimodal Underwater Networking

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Technical Report

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Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific San Diego United States

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Relying on autonomous underwater vehicles AUVs for ferrying data in an underwater network is an appealing approach for supporting a wide range of underwater networking applications. By equipping AUVs with short-range, high-bandwidth underwater wireless communications, which feature lower energy-per-bit cost than acoustic communications, the energy-usage efficiency and data throughput of a network servicing data-intensive applications can be significantly improved. Although data-ferrying is an attractive concept due to its simplicity, bringing this networking paradigm to fruition requires synergistic integration of a wide range of technologies that go beyond networking to incorporate, among others, energy recharging and management, and AUV path-planning and navigation. This report outlines functional layers that are necessary to accomplish the vision of a cohesive mobility-driven underwater networking architecture. Our focus is on networking functionalities, AUV path-planning algorithms, and estimation and forecasting tools required to develop effective network management and monitoring mechanisms.

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  • Submarine Engineering
  • Computer Systems

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