Transport over heterogeneous networks using the RINA architecture

Eleni Trouva, Eduard Grasa, John Day, Ibrahim Matta, Lubomir T. Chitkushev, Steve Bunch, Miguel Ponce De Leon, Patrick Phelan, Xavier Hesselbach-Serra

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The evolution of various wireless technologies has greatly increased the interest in heterogeneous networks, in which the mobile users can enjoy services while roaming between different networks. The current Internet architecture does not seem to cope with the modern networking trends and the growing application demands for performance, stability and efficiency, as the integration of different technologies faces many problems. In this paper, we focus on the issues raised when attempting to provide seamless mobility over a hybrid environment. We highlight the shortcomings of the current architecture, discuss some of the proposed solutions and try to identify the key choices that lead to failure. Finally, we introduce RINA (Recursive Inter-Network Architecture), a newly-proposed network architecture that achieves to integrate networks of different characteristics inherently and show a simple example that demonstrates this feature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWired/Wireless Internet Communications - 9th IFIP TC 6 International Conference, WWIC 2011, Proceedings
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event9th IFIP TC 6 International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications, WWIC 2011 - Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain
Duration: 15 Jun 201117 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6649 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th IFIP TC 6 International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications, WWIC 2011
CityVilanova i la Geltru


  • data transport
  • hand-offs
  • heterogeneous networks
  • mobility
  • Recursive Inter-Network Architecture (RINA)


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