Mobile Ad-hoc Networks

Document Charter Mobile Ad-hoc Networks WG (manet)
Title Mobile Ad-hoc Networks
Last updated 1997-06-12
State Approved
WG State Active
IESG Responsible AD Alvaro Retana
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The purpose of the MANET working group is to standardize IP routing
  protocol functionality suitable for wireless routing application within
  both static and dynamic topologies with increased dynamics due to node
  motion or other factors.
  Approaches are intended to be relatively lightweight in nature, 
  for multiple hardware and wireless environments, and address scenarios
  where MANETs are deployed at the edges of an IP infrastructure. Hybrid
  mesh infrastructures (e.g., a mixture of fixed and mobile routers)
  should also be supported by MANET specifications and management 
  Using mature components from previous work on experimental reactive and
  proactive protocols, the WG will develop two Standards track routing
  protocol specifications:
  - Reactive MANET Protocol (RMP)
  - Proactive MANET Protocol (PMP)
  If significant commonality between RMRP and PMRP protocol modules is
  observed, the WG may decide to go with a converged approach. Both IPv4
  and IPv6 will be supported. Routing security requirements and issues
  will also be addressed.
  The MANET WG will also develop a scoped forwarding protocol that can
  efficiently flood data packets to all participating MANET nodes. The
  primary purpose of this mechanism is a simplified best effort multicast
  forwarding function. The use of this protocol is intended to be applied
  ONLY within MANET routing areas and the WG effort will be limited to
  routing layer design issues.
  The MANET WG will pay attention to the OSPF-MANET protocol work within
  the OSPF WG and IRTF work that is addressing research topics related to
  MANET environments.