Cooperation Strategies for Vehicular Delay-Tolerant Networks

Journal Article
Dias, Joao A. F. F. . 2015
Publication Work Type: 
Journal Article
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Issue Number: 
Dec. 2015
Volume Number: 
88 - 94
Publication Abstract: 

Vehicular communications are emerging as a promising technology to enable communications using vehicles as network nodes. VDTNs appear as a novel approach to enable services and applications where it is not possible to define an end-to-end path. To allow communications in such challenging environments, VDTNs rely for their operation on cooperation between network nodes, which contributes to increasing network connectivity and improving overall network performance. To accomplish such a task, nodes may be asked to share their constrained storage, bandwidth, and energy resources with one another. However, nodes may be unwilling to cooperate in order to save resources or due to selfish behavior. This kind of node severely affects the network functionality. This article gives an overview of the field, providing motivations, challenges, and an evaluation of the impact of cooperative measures on the performance of VDTN networks.