AdaptNet: An Adaptive Protocol Suite for the Next-Generation Wireless Internet

Ian Akyildiz, Yucel Altunbasak, Faramarz Fekri, and Raghupathy Sivakumar
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 128-136, March 2004.


Over the last decade, the tremendous growth in the mobile Internet user population has been accompanied by an equally exciting evolution in wireless data networks. However, quite understandably, the evolution has been distinctly characterized by an increasing degree of heterogeneity along several dimensions such as the access technology, network model, device, and application requirements. This heterogeneity, in turn, imposes a significant challenge on the design of the network protocol stack, and leads to the question: how can the protocol stack at a mobile host cater effectively to the heterogeneous characteristics of the operating environment?