Title: AiroLAB: a framework toward effective virtualisation of multi-hop wireless networks

Authors: Roberto Doriguzzi Corin, Roberto Riggio, Daniele Miorandi, Elio Salvadori

Addresses: CREATE-NET, via alla Cascata 56/D, IT – 38123, Povo, Trento, Italy. ' CREATE-NET, via alla Cascata 56/D, IT – 38123, Povo, Trento, Italy. ' CREATE-NET, via alla Cascata 56/D, IT – 38123, Povo, Trento, Italy. ' CREATE-NET, via alla Cascata 56/D, IT – 38123, Povo, Trento, Italy

Abstract: In this work, we introduce AiroLAB, a novel network virtualisation framework specifically tailored to multi-hop wireless networks. AiroLAB departs from conventional network virtualisation approaches by focusing on embedded, resource-constrained devices and by aiming at providing Wireless Internet Service Providers with an effective virtualisation mechanism where network resources are shared between production traffic and a variable number of experimental slices allowing novel solutions and services to be tested in a controlled yet realistic environment. In the paper, the design choices at the hearth of AiroLAB are presented, together with an early-stage prototype implementation and experimental results obtained in a small-scale wireless network testbed.

Keywords: network virtualisation; multi-hop wireless networks; communications networks; embedded devices; resource constrained environments; network resources; resource sharing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCNDS.2011.039537

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, 2011 Vol.6 No.3, pp.302 - 321

Available online: 07 Apr 2011

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