Information-Centric Networking in Mobile and Opportunistic Networks

  • Carlos Anastasiades
  • Torsten Braun
  • Vasilios A. Siris
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8611)


Information Centric Networking (ICN) as an emerging paradigm for the Future Internet has initially been rather focusing on bandwidth savings in wired networks, but there might also be some significant potential to support communication in mobile wireless networks as well as opportunistic network scenarios, where end systems have spontaneous but time-limited contact to exchange data. This chapter addresses the reasoning why ICN has an important role in mobile and opportunistic networks by identifying several challenges in mobile and opportunistic Information-Centric Networks and discussing appropriate solutions for them. In particular, it discusses the issues of receiver and source mobility. Source mobility needs special attention. Solutions based on routing protocol extensions, indirection, and separation of name resolution and data transfer are discussed. Moreover, the chapter presents solutions for problems in opportunistic Information-Centric Networks. Among those are mechanisms for efficient content discovery in neighbour nodes, resume mechanisms to recover from intermittent connectivity disruptions, a novel agent delegation mechanisms to offload content discovery and delivery to mobile agent nodes, and the exploitation of overhearing to populate routing tables of mobile nodes. Some preliminary performance evaluation results of these developed mechanisms are provided.


Information-Centric Networking Mobility Opportunistic networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Anastasiades
    • 1
  • Torsten Braun
    • 1
  • Vasilios A. Siris
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science and Applied MathematicsUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of InformaticsAthens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece

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