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Francesco Malandrino, "Content Sharing in Mobile Networks with Infrastructure," PhD Thesis, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni, Polytechnic University of Turin (PoliTo), November 2011. (Advisor: Claudio Ettore Casetti; Referee: Falko Dressler)


This thesis focuses on mobile ad-hoc networks (with pedestrian or vehicular mobility) having infrastructure support. We deal with the problems of design, deployment and management of such networks. A first issue to address concerns infrastructure itself: how pervasive should it be in order for the network to operate at the same time efficiently and in a cost-effective manner? How should the units composing it (e.g., access points) be placed? There are several approaches to such questions in literature, and this thesis studies and compares them. Furthermore, in order to effectively design the infrastructure, we need to understand how and how much it will be used. As an example, what is the relationship between infrastructure-to-node and node-to-node communication? How far away, in time and space, do data travel before its destination is reached? A common assumption made when dealing with such problems is that perfect knowledge about the current and future node mobility is available. In this thesis, we also deal with the problem of assessing the impact that an imperfect, limited knowledge has on network performance. As far as the management of the network is concerned, this thesis presents a variant of the paradigm known as publish-and-subscribe. With respect to the original paradigm, our goal was to ensure a high probability of finding the requested content, even in presence of selfish, uncooperative nodes, or even nodes whose precise goal is harming the system. Each node is allowed to get from the network an amount of content which corresponds to the amount of content provided to other nodes. Nodes with caching capabilities are assisted in using their cache in order to improve the amount of offered content.

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    author = {Malandrino, Francesco},
    title = {{Content Sharing in Mobile Networks with Infrastructure}},
    advisor = {Casetti, Claudio Ettore},
    institution = {Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni},
    location = {Turin, Italy},
    month = {11},
    referee = {Dressler, Falko},
    school = {Polytechnic University of Turin (PoliTo)},
    type = {PhD Thesis},
    year = {2011},

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