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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 123-154

A Protocol for Content-Based Communication in Disconnected Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

Julien Haillot and Frédéric Guidec

Laboratoire Valoria, Université de Bretagne Sud / Université Européenne de Bretagne, Rennes, France

Received 10 June 2010; Accepted 10 June 2010

Copyright © 2010 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In content-based communication, information flows towards interested hosts rather than towards specifically set destinations. This new style of communication perfectly fits the needs of applications dedicated to information sharing, news distribution, service advertisement and discovery, etc. In this paper we address the problem of supporting content-based communication in partially or intermittently connected mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). The protocol we designed leverages on the concepts of opportunistic networking and delay-tolerant networking in order to account for the absence of end-to-end connectivity in disconnected MANETs. The paper provides an overview of the protocol, as well as simulation results that show how this protocol can perform in realistic conditions.