Context-awareness is inherent in anticipated interplanetary missions. Swarm technologies by D'Arrigo, P, Santandrea, S. (2005) use context-awareness in short-haul networks between components, and long-distance networks allow communication with Earth. However, the propagation delays limit real-time communications, deep space being an environment in which the speed of light becomes a restriction. Therefore, the development of a protocol stack which is adaptive to application requirements and external influences will help to maximise communication synchronicity. As part of a first year doctorate research programme, this paper correlates current stack functionalities with interplanetary application requirements. A redesigned stack proposes to resolve this misalignment. Context-awareness is incorporated, enabling intelligent protocol selection using application layer knowledge and environmental information, with particular attention given to transport protocols. The paper concludes by considering transport protocol characteristics when deployed beside a context-aware layer, with the long-term aim being the development of a transport protocol suitable for deployment in the state-of-the-art context-aware stack.
|Title of host publication||International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (2006)|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (ICAS '06) - , United States|
Duration: 16 Jul 2006 → 18 Jul 2006
|Conference||International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (ICAS '06)|
|Period||16/07/06 → 18/07/06|