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Title: Content dissemination in participatory delay tolerant networks
Author: Jahanbakhsh Mashhadi, A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 6585
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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As experience with the Web 2.0 has demonstrated, users have evolved from being only consumers of digital content to producers. Powerful handheld devices have further pushed this trend, enabling users to consume rich media (for example, through high resolution displays), as well as create it on the go by means of peripherals such as built-in cameras. As a result, there is an enormous amount of user-generated content, most of which is relevant only within local communities. For example, students advertising events taking place around campus. For such scenarios, where producers and consumers of content belong to the same local community, networks spontaneously formed on top of colocated user devices can offer a valid platform for sharing and disseminating content. Recently, there has been much research in the field of content dissemination in mobile networks, most of which exploits user mobility prediction in order to deliver messages from the producer to the consumer, via spontaneously formed Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs). Common to most protocols is the assumption that users are willing to participate in the content distribution network; however, because of the energy restrictions of handheld devices, users’ participation cannot be taken for granted. In this thesis, we design content dissemination protocols that leverage information about user mobility, as well as interest, in order to deliver content, while avoiding overwhelming noninterested users. We explicitly reason about battery consumption of mobile devices to model participation, and achieve fairness in terms of workload distribution. We introduce a dynamic priority scheduling framework, which enables the network to allocate the scarce energy resources available to support the delivery of the most desired messages. We evaluate this work extensively by means of simulation on a variety of real mobility traces and social networks, and draw a comparative evaluation with the major related works in the field.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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