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Delay Tolerant Networking Header Integrity Assurance - Problem Statement

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Author Fred Templin
Last updated 2014-09-13 (Latest revision 2014-03-12)
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Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) introduces a network model for environments in which communications may be subject to long delays and/or intermittent connectivity. A Bundle Protocol (BP) has been designed to accommodate data communications in such challenging environments through multi-hop store-and-forward message propagation, where each hop may be required to store bundles of data for long periods of time. It is therefore essential that bundles with corrupted headers (e.g., the primary bundle block) be detected as soon as possible in order to avoid resource exhaustion due to accidental or malicious factors, and to permit timely retransmission. In this document, we discuss the need for a hop-by-hop integrity assurance as a means for encouraging suitable solutions.


Fred Templin

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