The Challenge of Terrain in Ad Hoc Networking

May, 2017
IDA document: D-8513
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Research Summary/Research Insights , Documents
Division: Science and Technology Division , Science, Systems and Sustainment Division
Lance G. Joneckis, Corinne M. Kramer, David A. Sparrow, David M. Tate See more authors
Previous attempts to form mobile terrestrial ad hoc networks (MANETs) from high frequency radio links have encountered critical difficulties, often only overcome with an overhead solution. IDA has used new approaches to map connectivity in varied terrain. The impact of terrain features is clearly visible, and the challenge posed in each location readily perceived. Simple terrain, such as gently rolling hills, is particularly challenging.