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— Studying transfer opportunities between wireless devices carried by humans, we observe that the distribution of the inter-contact time, that is the time gap separating two contacts of the same pair of devices, exhibits an heavy tail such as one of a power law, over a large range of value. This observation is confirmed on six distinct experimental data(More)
— The popularity of IEEE 802.11 WLANs has led to dense deployments in urban areas. High density leads to sub-optimal performance unless the interfering networks learn how to optimally use and share the spectrum. This paper proposes two fully distributed algorithms that allow (i) multiple interfering 802.11 Access Points to select their operating frequency(More)
—We study data transfer opportunities between wireless devices carried by humans. We observe that the distribution of the intercontact time (the time gap separating two contacts between the same pair of devices) may be well approximated by a power law over the range [10 minutes; 1 day]. This observation is confirmed using eight distinct experimental data(More)
Mobile opportunistic networks are characterized by unpredictable mobility, heterogeneity of contact rates and lack of global information. Successful delivery of messages at low costs and delays in such networks is thus challenging. Most forwarding algorithms avoid the cost associated with flooding the network by forwarding only to nodes that are likely to(More)
Opportunistic networks make use of human mobility and local forwarding in order to distribute data. Information can be stored and passed, taking advantage of the device mobility 1 , or forwarded over a wireless link when an appropriate contact is met 2. Such networks fall into the fields of mobile ad-hoc networking and delay-tolerant networking. In order to(More)
Forwarding in Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs) is a challenging problem. We focus on the specific issue of forwarding in an environment where mobile devices are carried by people in a restricted physical space (a conference) and contact patterns are not predictable. We show for the first time a <i>path explosion</i> phenomenon between most pairs of nodes.(More)
Multimedia content dissemination in mobile settings requires significant bandwidth. Centralized infrastructure is often either inadequate or overly expensive to fill the demand. Here, we study an alternative P2P content dissemination scheme for mobile devices (e.g., smart-phones), which leverages local dedicated caches on these devices to opportunistically(More)
We study the dissemination of dynamic content, such as news or traffic information, over a mobile social network. In this application, mobile users subscribe to a dynamic-content distribution service, offered by their service provider. To improve coverage and increase capacity, we assume that users share any content updates they receive with other users(More)
The Internet is built around the assumption of contempo-raneous end-to-end connectivity. This is at odds with what typically happens in mobile networking, where mobile devices move between islands of connectivity, having opportunity to transmit packets through their wireless interface or simply carrying the data toward a connec-tivity island. We propose(More)
Portable devices have more data storage and increasing communication capabilities everyday. In addition to classic infrastructure based communication, these devices can exploit human mobility and opportunistic contacts to communicate. We analyze the characteristics of such opportunistic forwarding paths. We establish that opportunistic mobile networks in(More)