Network Size and Connectivity in Mobile and Stationary Ad Hoc Networks

May, 2014
IDA document: D-5245
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents
Division: Science and Technology Division , Science, Systems and Sustainment Division
Lance Joneckis, Corinne Kramer, David Sparrow, David Tate See more authors
One of the assumptions behind tactical mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) is that routes consisting of multiple hops will be available to connect those nodes that lack line-of-sight connectivity. The practical utility of MANET depends on this assumption being true and, for a mobile network, remaining true during mobility. In previous work, we showed that average node-to-node direct connectivity and the rate at which direct links break over time while moving through a given terrain can be characterized approximately using average terrain measures that are location and distance independent. Here, we exploit that result and extend our previous work to predict dynamic network behavior for networks of various sizes in various terrains.