Title: Structured design concept for cross-layered protocols; applying to near field communication (NFC)

Authors: Akira Arutaki; Hiroshi Sakai; Akira Matsumoto

Addresses: Network Design Research Centre, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502, Japan ' Department of CS and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502, Japan ' NCOS Laboratories, NEC Communication Systems, Ltd., 1753 Shimonumabe, Nakahara, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 211-8666, Japan

Abstract: The internet protocols, such as TCP/IP, became the de-facto standards. However, some recent communication services require more efficient and lightweight protocols. This paper focuses on the design method to provide cross-layered protocols to satisfy these needs. It is observed that a cross-layer design approach can provide more efficiency at the sacrifice of the layered structure, which may lead complicated interfaces, i.e., 'spaghettis', and may cause unexpected bugs. A new design concept for cross-layered protocols is proposed in this paper, which is on a basis of the function pool and scenario table. This concept is applied to near field communication (NFC) protocols to let them get affinity with the internet ones. A series of new NFC protocols are designed and are evaluated with respect to communication quality and throughput. It is confirmed that these protocols have better performance than the original NFC one with less complexity compared to the standardised internet protocols.

Keywords: structured design; cross-layered protocols; TCP/IP; near field communication; NFC protocols; function pool; performance evaluation; network devices; retransmission; internet protocols; cross-layer design; scenario table; communication quality; throughput.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSC.2013.056029

International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing, 2013 Vol.3 No.2, pp.113 - 124

Received: 09 Oct 2012
Accepted: 16 Mar 2013

Published online: 25 Aug 2013 *

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