Advances in Delay-Tolerant Networks (DTNs)

Advances in Delay-Tolerant Networks (DTNs)

Architecture and Enhanced Performance

2nd Edition - November 20, 2020

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  • Editor: Joel Rodrigues
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081027936
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027943

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Advances in Delay-Tolerant Networks: Architecture and Enhanced Performance, Second Edition provides an important overview of delay-tolerant networks (DTNs) for researchers in electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications and networking for those in academia and R&D in industrial sectors. Part I reviews the technology involved and the prospects for improving performance, including different types of DTN and their applications, such as satellite and deep-space communications and vehicular communications. Part II focuses on how the technology can be further improved, addressing topics, such as data bundling, opportunistic routing, reliable data streaming, and the potential for rapid selection and dissemination of urgent messages. Opportunistic, delay-tolerant networks address the problem of intermittent connectivity in a network where there are long delays between sending and receiving messages, or there are periods of disconnection.  

Key Features

  • Reviews the different types of DTN and shows how they can be applied in satellite and deep-space communications, vehicular communications (including unmanned aerial), and during large-scale disasters
  • Considers security concerns for DTN and potential for rapid selection and dissemination of urgent messages
  • Reviews the breadth of areas in which DTN is already providing solutions
  • Covers the prospects for DTN's wider adoption and development of standards


Postgraduate students and academic researchers in electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications and networking

Table of Contents

  • 1: An introduction to delay and disruption-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 Delay-tolerant network architecture
    1.3 DTN application scenarios
    1.4 DTN routing protocols
    1.5 Conclusion Acknowledgements

    Part One: Types of delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    2: Delay-tolerant networks (DTNs) for satellite communications
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 DTN architecture
    2.3 Geosynchronous (GEO) constellations
    2.4 Low earth orbit (LEO) constellations
    2.5 Conclusion Acknowledgements

    3: Delay-tolerant networks (DTNs) for deep-space communications
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Data communications in deep space
    3.3 Networking requirements for deep-space data
    3.4 Implementing a deep-space DTN solution
    3.5 Summary

    4: Vehicular delay-tolerant networks (VDTNs)
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Vehicular network applications
    4.3 Vehicular communications
    4.4 Vehicular delay-tolerant networks
    4.5 Conclusion Acknowledgments

    5: Delay-tolerant networks (DTNs) for underwater communications
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Related work
    5.3 A contemporary view of underwater delay-tolerant networks
    5.4 Future trends
    5.5 Conclusion

    6: Delay-tolerant networks (DTNs) for emergency communications
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Overview of proposed DTN solutions
    6.3 Mobility models for emergency DTNs
    6.4 DistressNet
    6.5 Routing protocols for emergency DTNs
    6.6 Minimizing energy consumption in emergency DTNs
    6.7 Conclusions and future trends

    Part Two: Improving the performance of delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    7: Assessing the Bundle Protocol (BP) and alternative approaches to data bundling in delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 DTN architecture and Bundle Protocol implementation profiles
    7.3 Alternative approaches
    7.4 Future trends
    7.5 Sources of further information and advice

    8: Opportunistic routing in mobile ad hoc delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Challenges
    8.3 Overview of multiple existing opportunistic routing protocols in mobile ad hoc networks
    8.4 Combining on-demand opportunistic routing protocols
    8.5 Open research topics and future trends
    8.6 Sources of further information and advice

    9: Reliable data streaming over delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Challenges for streaming support in DTNs
    9.3 Using on-the-fly coding to enable robust DTN streaming
    9.4 Evaluation of existing streaming proposals over a DTN network
    9.5 Implementation discussion
    9.6 Conclusion

    10: Rapid selection and dissemination of urgent messages over delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 One-to-many communication in resource-constrained environments
    10.3 Random Walk Gossip (RWG)
    10.4 RWG and message differentiation
    10.5 Evaluation with vehicular mobility models
    10.6 Discussion

    11: Using social network analysis (SNA) to design socially aware network solutions in delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    11.1 Introduction
    11.2 Social characteristics of DTNs
    11.3 Social-based human mobility models
    11.4 Socially aware data forwarding in DTNs
    11.5 Conclusion

    12: Performance issues and design choices in delay-tolerant network (DTN) algorithms and protocols
    12.1 Introduction
    12.2 Performance metrics
    12.3 Processing overhead
    12.4 The curse of copying - I/O performance matters
    12.5 Throughput
    12.6 Latency and queuing
    12.7 Discovery latency and energy issues
    12.8 Conclusions

    13: The quest for a killer app for delay-tolerant networks (DTNs)
    13.1 Introduction
    13.2 The quest for a problem
    13.3 DTN as an enabling technology
    13.4 Conclusions and future trends
    13.5 Sources of further information and advice

Product details

  • No. of pages: 322
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: November 20, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081027936
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027943

About the Editor

Joel Rodrigues

Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues is a professor at the Federal University of Piauí, Brazil, and senior researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. He is the leader of the Next Generation Networks and Applications (NetGNA) research group (CNPq), an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Member Representative of the IEEE Communications Society on the IEEE Biometrics Council, and the President of the scientific council at ParkUrbis – Covilhã Science and Technology Park. He has been general chair and TPC Chair of many international conferences, including IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE HEALTHCOM, and IEEE LatinCom. He has authored or coauthored over 800 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, 3 books, 2 patents, and 1 ITU-T Recommendation. He had been awarded several Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Service Awards by IEEE Communications Society and several best papers awards. Prof. Rodrigues is a member of the Internet Society, a senior member ACM, and Fellow of IEEE.

Affiliations and Expertise

Federal University of Piaui (UFPI), Teresina - PI, Brazil; Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Portugal

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