Measuring QoS in an aeronautical opportunistic network architecture with limited access to a satellite communications backhaul
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Sreenan, Cormac J.
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
We measure quality of service (QoS) in a wireless network architecture of transoceanic aircraft. A distinguishing characteristic of the network scheme we analyze is that it mixes the concept of Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) through the exploitation of opportunistic contacts, together with direct satellite access in a limited number of the nodes. We provide a graph sparsification technique for deriving a network model that satisfies the key properties of a real aeronautical opportunistic network while enabling scalable simulation. This reduced model allows us to analyze the impact regarding QoS of introducing Internet-like traffic in the form of outgoing data from passengers. Promoting QoS in DTNs is usually really challenging due to their long delays and scarce resources. The availability of satellite communication links offers a chance to provide an improved degree of service regarding a pure opportunistic approach, and therefore it needs to be properly measured and quantified. Our analysis focuses on several QoS indicators such as delivery time, delivery ratio, and bandwidth allocation fairness. Obtained results show significant improvements in all metric indicators regarding QoS, not usually achievable on the field of DTNs.
Delay , Transoceanic aircraft , Delay Tolerant Networking , DTN , QoS , Quality of service
Martínez-Vidal, R., Martí, R., Sreenan, C.J., and Borrell, J. (2016) 'Measuring QoS in an aeronautical opportunistic network architecture with limited access to a satellite communications backhaul', Mobile Information Systems, 7601316 (12pp). doi:10.1155/2016/7601316