DTN7: An Open-Source Disruption-Tolerant Networking Implementation of Bundle Protocol 7

  • Alvar Penning
  • Lars Baumgärtner
  • Jonas Höchst
  • Artur SterzEmail author
  • Mira Mezini
  • Bernd Freisleben
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11803)


In disruption-tolerant networking (DTN), data is transmitted in a store-carry-forward fashion from network node to network node. In this paper, we present an open source DTN implementation, called DTN7, of the recently released Bundle Protocol Version 7 (draft version 13). DTN7 is written in Go and provides features like memory safety and concurrent execution. With its modular design and interchangeable components, DTN7 facilitates DTN research and application development. Furthermore, we present results of a comparative experimental evaluation of DTN7 and other DTN systems including Serval, IBR-DTN, and Forban. Our results indicate that DTN7 is a flexible and efficient open-source multi-platform implementation of the most recent Bundle Protocol Version 7.


Delay-tolerant networking Disruption-tolerant networking 



This work is funded by the HMWK (LOEWE Natur 4.0 and LOEWE emergenCITY) and the DFG (SFB 1053 - MAKI).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alvar Penning
    • 1
  • Lars Baumgärtner
    • 3
  • Jonas Höchst
    • 1
    • 2
  • Artur Sterz
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mira Mezini
    • 3
  • Bernd Freisleben
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer SciencePhilipps-UniversityMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering and Information TechnologyTechnical UniversityDarmstadtGermany
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceTechnical UniversityDarmstadtGermany

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