Visible to the public Experimental Evaluation of Named Data Networking (NDN) in Tactical Environments

TitleExperimental Evaluation of Named Data Networking (NDN) in Tactical Environments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsCampioni, Lorenzo, Tortonesi, Mauro, Wissingh, Bastiaan, Suri, Niranjan, Hauge, Mariann, Landmark, Lars
Conference NameMILCOM 2019 - 2019 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM)
KeywordsAnglova scenario emulation environment, Bandwidth, clean slate, clean slate approach, communication paradigm, Engines, evolutionary design approach, fluctuating channel conditions, Force, high node mobility, Human Behavior, ICN, information centric networking, Information-Centric Networking (ICN), Internet, Metrics, middleware, middleware communication solutions, military communication, military computing, mobile computing, mobility management (mobile radio), named data networking, Named Data Networking (NDN), NATO IST-161 RTG, NDN-based blue force tracking dissemination application, network disruptions, network programming model, policy governance, Programming, pubcrawl, relatively high bandwidth consumption, reliability, Resiliency, tactical edge networks, tactical environments, tactical networks, TCP/IP stack, TCPIP, transport protocols, wireless channels
AbstractTactical edge networks represent a uniquely challenging environment from the communications perspective, due to their limited bandwidth and high node mobility. Several middleware communication solutions have been proposed to address those issues, adopting an evolutionary design approach that requires facing quite a few complications to provide applications with a suited network programming model while building on top of the TCP/IP stack. Information Centric Networking (ICN), instead, represents a revolutionary, clean slate approach that aims at replacing the entire TCP/IP stack with a new communication paradigm, better suited to cope with fluctuating channel conditions and network disruptions. This paper, stemmed from research conducted within NATO IST-161 RTG, investigates the effectiveness of Named Data Networking (NDN), the de facto standard implementation of ICN, in the context of tactical edge networks and its potential for adoption. We evaluated an NDN-based Blue Force Tracking (BFT) dissemination application within the Anglova scenario emulation environment, and found that NDN obtained better-than-expected results in terms of delivery ratio and latency, at the expense of a relatively high bandwidth consumption.
Citation Keycampioni_experimental_2019