|Start:||01 January 2009|
|End:||31 March 2012|
|Department:||Mobile Networks (MONET)|
|Code:||Project contract/code: TEC2008-06826/TEC|
Next generation networks are expected to be composed of a variety of technologies and environments in which there is no clear winner access or backbone technology, as each of them show advantages in their respective application scenario. Additionally, there is an increasing interest in what could be genericaly referred to as hybrid wireless scenarios in which professionally managed legacy networks cooperate with more innovative self-managed all-wireless networks towards a common goal (e.g. cost-effective coverage extension). The cooperation of both philosophies is expected to generate a mutual benefit for both.
This hybrid networking scenario, however, entails a series of challenges that might require novel mechanisms for adaptability, self-organization, and self-reconfiguration in order to establish and interconnect different type of networks and support their dynamicity. These mechanisms may deal with routing, mobility and management in hybrid environments.
Taking all this into consideration, the project ARTICO (Architecture enabling the autonomous opeRation of complex, heTerogeneous and dynamIC wireless netwOrks) aims to investigate mobility, routing and management solutions in current managed and self-organized wireless networks and study the implications and possibility to extend them to more complex hybrid networking scenarios. ARTICO proposes an integral approach to the research topic where design, analysis and evaluation through simulation and experimentation combine to provide tangible solutions to the challenges posed. ARTICO defines four major research goals:
The final (fourth) goal deals with the adaptation and extension of the EXTREME experimentation framework to testing the needs of the above tasks. This leads to the extension of current management mechanisms and the development of three experimentation environments: a controlled UMTS experimentation platform, a Wireless Mesh Network deployment and an environment to test hybrid network scenarios.