Reliable Multicasting Based on Air Caching for Flat Hierarchy Networks
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD
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The evolution of satellite networks in the commercial and military world has pushed the research community towards the solution of important problems related to this kind of networks, which are characterized from the lack of physical hierarchy. One of those important problems is how to design an efficient reliable multicasting protocol for one-hop flat networks where the link may present characteristics like high propagation delay and high BER. The existing reliable multicasting protocols are inefficient when applied to flat networks, since those are based on intermediate receivers and local recovery techniques. We introduce the Air Cache, which serves as a fast access memory that is realized on the air and contains packets for the recovery of corrupted or erroneous data packets at the receivers. In this thesis we present two classes of reliable multicasting protocols, which are based on the combination of FEC and ARQ with air caching. The non-adaptive class of protocols UDPAC, RDPAC, PPAC is characterized by the static nature of the Air Cache in term of size and content and the second class of protocols ACDAC, ASPAC, HADAC is characterized by the dynamic nature of the Air Cache.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Radio Communications