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Man4VDTN - A Network Management Solution for Vehicular Delay-Tolerant Networks

Ferreira, B. F. ; Rodrigues, J. R. ; Dias, J. ; Isento, J. I.

Computer Communications Vol. 39, Nº ., pp. 3 - 10, February, 2014.

ISSN (print): 0140-3664
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Journal Impact Factor: 1,695 (in 2014)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.comcom.2013.09.007

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Vehicular delay-tolerant networks (VDTNs) follow the delay-tolerant networking (DTN) paradigm for vehicular communications in order to offer a network solution handling several issues, such as short con- tact durations, network disruption, variable node density, and packets fragmentation. All these issues represent a huge challenge for vehicular communications. The design and construction of a network management solution is also conditioned by these particular characteristics. The standard Simple Net- work Management Protocol (SNMP) is widely used on conventional networks but it is not directly deployable on VDTNs. Then, this paper proposes an SNMP-based solution for VDTNs supporting load- related information collection from VDTN nodes using SNMP. The design, demonstration, performance evaluation and validation of this network management approach through a laboratory-based VDTN test- bed are presented. It was shown that SNMP is suitable for being used in challenging environments such as VDTNs.