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ICN Research Group                                              P.Mendes
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Intended Status: Experimental                                 Rute Sofia
Expires: August 27, 2018         Senception/COPELABS/University Lusofona
                                                    Vassilis Tsaoussidis
                                                  Sotiris Diamantopoulos
                                              Christos-Alexandros Sarros
                                         Democritus University of Thrace
                                                       February 23, 2018

    Information-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks


   This draft describes the Data reAchaBility BasEd Routing (DABBER)
   protocol, which has been developed to extend the reached of Named
   Data Networking based routing approaches to opportunistic wireless
   networks. By "opportunistic wireless networks" it is meant multi-hop
   wireless networks where finding an end-to-end path between any pair
   of nodes at any moment in time may be a challenge. The goal is to
   assist in better defining opportunities for the transmission of
   Interest packets towards the most suitable data source, based on
   metrics that provide information about: i) the availability of
   different data sources; ii) the availability and centrality of
   neighbor nodes; iii) the time lapse between forwarding Interest
   packets and receiving the corresponding data packets. The document
   presents an architectural overview of DABBER followed by
   specification options related to the dissemination of name-prefix
   information to support the computation of next hops, and the ranking
   of forwarding options based on the best set of neighbors to ensure a
   short time-to-completion.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.1. Contextual Aspects  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     1.2. Applicability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     1.3. NFD Adjustment to Opportunistic Networks  . . . . . . . . .  7
     1.4. Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   2. DABBER Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     2.1. Assumptions and Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     2.2. Naming  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     2.3. LSA Dissemination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
     2.4. Multiple path Computation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
       2.4.1. Cost Computation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       2.4.2. RIB Update with Face Selection  . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       2.4.3. FIB Update with Face Ranking  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
       2.4.4. LSDB Updates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     2.5. Loop Prevention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
   3. Protocol Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     3.1. Overall Operation Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     3.2. Peer Discovery and Face Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
     3.3. LSA Exchange  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
     3.4. Loop Avoidance  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     3.5. Failure and Recovery  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     3.6. Interface towards a Contextual Agent  . . . . . . . . . . . 22
   4. Interoperability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     4.1. Interoperability with NDN operation over DTNs . . . . . . . 22
     4.2. Interoperability with NDN operation in wired networks . . . 23
       4.2.1. Interoperability with NLSR  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
       4.2.2. Interoperability with broadcast based forwarding  . . . 24

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   5. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   6. Implementation and Deployment Experience  . . . . . . . . . . . 25
   7. Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     8.1  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     8.2  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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1. Introduction

   In a networking scenario where an increasing number of wireless
   systems, such as end-user nodes and mobile edge nodes, are being
   deployed, there are two networking paradigms that are highly
   correlated to the efficiency of pervasive data sharing: Information-
   Centric Networking (ICN), and opportunistic wireless networking. The
   latter concerns the capability of exploiting any potential wireless
   communication opportunity to exchange data in a multi-hop wireless
   networks, where it is difficult to find an end-to-end path between
   any pair of nodes at any moment in time.

   Combining opportunistic networking with ICN principles is relevant to
   efficiently extend the applicability of information-centric
   networking to novel scenarios, such as affordable pervasive access;
   low cost extension of access networks; edge computing; vehicular

   This document describes the Data reAchaBility BasEd Routing (DABBER)
   routing protocol for information-centric wireless opportunistic
   networks. These networking architectures are operationally located on
   the Internet fringes (Customer Premises). In such areas, networking
   experiences intermittent connectivity and variable availability of
   nodes due to their movement and/or due to other constrains, e.g.,
   limited battery, storage, and processing.

   DABBER has been therefore designed to be compatible with the routing
   deployed within ICN access networks. Its main purpose is to assist in
   extending the reach of multi-hop transmission to opportunistic
   environments, in a seamless and fully interoperable way.

   It is our understanding that routing in such wireless environments
   needs to be done based on strategies that take into consideration, at
   a network level, the context of wireless nodes, and not just the
   history of contacts among wireless nodes. The goal is to assist in
   better defining opportunities for the transmission of Interest
   packets over time and space. Such opportunities can be better
   addressed if routing metrics take into consideration, as common in
   opportunistic environments, measures of centrality, as well as
   measures of node and data availability.

   Being NDN[1][2] a well established ICN framework, the first step
   proposed by this draft is to extend the current de facto NDN routing,
   Named-data Link State Routing protocol (NLSR)[19][20], in a way that
   allows the benefits of link-state approaches, while delimiting its
   downsize in the context of the wireless medium.

   DABBER is intended as complementing existing forwarding protocols for

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   opportunistic networks (e.g., Prophet [12], Scorp [13], dLife
   [14][18], BubbleRap [15]).

1.1. Contextual Aspects

   Prior art in forwarding solutions for opportunistic networks showed
   that data transmission in such wireless environments needs to be done
   based on strategies that take into consideration, at a network level,
   the context of wireless nodes, and not just the history of contacts
   among wireless nodes.

   This section provides an example on how to obtain contextual
   information that defines the availability and centrality of a
   wireless node, based on a specific operational example that is being
   developed in the context of the H2020 UMOBILE project [17].

   Contextual information is obtained in a self-learning approach, by
   software-based agents running in wireless nodes, and not based on
   network wide orchestration. Contextual agents are in charge of
   computing node and link related costs concerning availability and
   centrality metrics. Contextual agents interact with DABBER via well-
   defined interfaces. This to say that the contextual self-learning
   process is not an integrating part of the routing plane, as it would
   add additional complexity to the simplified routing plane of NDN.

   The contextual agent (named Contextual Manager, CM [7]) installed in
   each wireless node can therefore be seen as an end-user background
   service that seamlessly captures wireless data to characterize the
   affinity network (roaming patterns and peers' context over time and
   space) and the usage habits and data interests (internal node
   information) of a node. Data is captured directly via the regular MAC
   Layer (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE) as well as via native
   applications for which the user configures interests or other type of
   personal preferences. For instance, an application can request a one-
   time configuration of categories of data interests (e.g., music,

   Based on the defined interface (cf. section 3.6), DABBER is able of
   querying the local Contextual Manager about the characteristics of
   neighbor nodes, based on two types of information: Node availability
   (metric A); ii) Node centrality (metric C).

   Node Availability (A) gives an estimate of the node availability
   based on the usage of internal and external resources over time and
   space. In what concerns external resources, one SHOULD consider, for
   instance, indicators such as the preferred visited network and/or
   location of the node; in what concerns internal resources, one SHOULD
   consider the time spent per application category (e.g. per day), as

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   well as the usage of physical resources (battery status; CPU status,

   Node centrality (C) provides awareness about a node's affinity
   network neighborhood context. For instance, aspects such as the
   traditional contact duration between neighboring nodes and add
   information derived from network mining such as cluster distance, and
   network diameter MAY be the basis for the computation of centrality.

   The detailed specification of the contextual manager is out of scope
   of this document. Nevertheless, code for such an agent is being
   provided openly in the context of the H2020 UMOBILE project [7]. What
   is relevant to have in mind, from a routing perspective, is that this
   contextual plane provides weights (A and C) to assist the routing
   protocol in ranking next hops, which is an aspect highly relevant in
   the context of multiple path routing. We believe that contextual
   awareness can assist NDN routing schemes in better dealing with
   topological variability, by anticipating changes derived from prior

1.2. Applicability

   DABBER is being developed to allow the deployment of wireless NDN
   networks where nodes and links can be intermittently available. From
   an end-to-end perspective we can consider two scenarios: the NDN
   wireless network is at the fringes of the NDN core; the NDN wireless
   network can interconnect different NDN fixed networks.

   While the latter may support applicability scenarios typical of
   Delay-Tolerant Networks  (DTN)[21][22]for instance tunneling traffic
   over an area lacking network deployment, the former allows the
   extension of the applicability of information-centric networking to
   novel scenarios such as affordable pervasive data access, low cost
   extension of access networks, edge computing, and vehicular networks:

   Affordable pervasive data access:
      This scenario encompasses the implementation of NDN in personal
      mobile nodes (e.g. smartphones) allowing users to share data and
      messaging services by exploiting existing intermittent wireless
      connections (e.g. Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct) in environment without/or
      limited Internet access.

   Low cost extension of access networks:
      This scenario refers to the usage of wireless nodes (mobile or
      fix) to extend the reach of an NDN networks while reducing CAPEX

   Edge/Fog computing:

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      This scenario is related to the efforts being done to bring cloud
      computing closer to the end-users. This scenario encompasses a
      large set of heterogeneous (wireless and sometimes autonomous)
      decentralized nodes able of communicating, directly or via an
      infrastructure, in order to perform storage and processing tasks
      without the intervention of third parties. This scenario deals
      with nodes that might not be continuously connected to a network,
      such as laptops, smartphones, tablets and sensors, as well as
      nodes that may be intermittently available due to scarce
      resources, such as wireless access routers and even Mobile Edge
      Computing (MEC) servers.

   V2X networks:
      This scenario deals with the intermittent connectivity between
      vehicles as well as between vehicles and the infrastructure.

1.3. NFD Adjustment to Opportunistic Networks

   The main functionality of the Named-Data Networking Forwarding Daemon
   (NFD) [7] is to forward Interest and Data packets. This section
   provides a set of design considerations that need to be considered to
   allow the operation of NFD in opportunistic wireless networks. Such
   considerations have been implemented in a new branch of NDN, called
   NDN-OPP [3], which code of available on GitHub

   NDN-OPP introduces a few modifications in the way NFD performs its
   forwarding, by leveraging the concept of Faces in order to adapt the
   operation of the NFD to the intermittent property of wireless
   connections. This is done by the implementation of a new type of
   face, called Opportunistic Face - OPPFace.

   Each OPPFace is based on a system of packet queues to hide
   intermittent connectivity from NFD: instead of dispatching packets
   from the FIB, the OPPFace is able of delaying packet transmission
   until the wireless face is actually connected. OPPFaces are kept in
   the Face Table of the forwarder and their state reflects the wireless
   connectivity status: they can be in an Up or Down state, depending
   upon the wireless reachability towards neighbor nodes. Since packet
   queuing is concealed inside OPPFaces, no other part of the NFD or any
   existing forwarding strategy needs to be changed.

   OPPFaces can be implemented by using any direct wireless/cellular
   communication mode (e.g., Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, D2D LTE, DTN).

   The current operational version of NDN-OPP (V1.0) makes usage of
   group communications provided by Wi-Fi Direct. In this case there is
   a one-to-one correspondence between an OPPFace and a neighbor node.

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   In this peer-to-peer scenario, OPPFaces can be used in two
   transmission modes: connection-oriented, in which packets are sent to
   a neighbor node via a reliable TCP connection over the group owner;
   connection-less, in which packets are sent directly to a neighbor
   node during the Wi-Fi direct service discovery phase. In the latter
   case data transmission is limited to the size of the TXT record (900
   bytes for Android 5.1 and above).

   In the peer-to-peer scenario of Wi-Fi direct, DABBER operates as
   follows: routing information is shared among all members of a Wi-Fi
   direct group, while Interest Packets are forwarded to specific
   neighbors. With Dabber it is the carrier of an Interest packet that
   decides which of the neighbors will get a copy of the Interest
   packet. Hence, with the current implementation of NDN-OPP, DABBER
   places a copy of the Interest packet in the OPPFaces of selected
   neighbors. In what concerns the dissemination of routing information,
   it is ensured by: i) node mobility, meaning that nodes carry such
   information between Wi-Fi direct groups; ii) information is passed
   between neighbor groups via nodes that belong to more than one group.

   In a scenario where NDN-OPP would have OPPFaces implemented based on
   a broadcast link layer, such as ad-hoc Wi-Fi, only one OPPFace would
   be created in each node. Such OPPFace would be used to exchange
   packets with any neighbor node, making use of the overhearing
   property of the wireless medium. Since with DABBER, it is the carrier
   that decides which of the neighbors are entitle to get a certain
   Interest packet, DABBER would need to encode in the Interest packet
   information about the ID of the neighbors that should process the
   overheard Interest packet.

   This means that the operation of DABBER is the same independently of
   the nature of the link layer protocol, the only different being the
   number of transmissions that needs to be done at the link layer to
   forward Interest packets and to disseminate routing information.

   Besides the OPPFaces towards neighbor wireless nodes, NDN-OPP makes
   use of the Wi-Fi Face, already defined in NFD, and will integrate the
   DTN Face developed in the UMOBILE project[23]. This means that DABBER
   is able of exploiting any available wireless Face (OPPFace, Wi-Fi
   Face, DTN Face). Future versions of NDN-OPP will allow DAGGER to
   exploit interfaces to other wireless access networks, such as LTE.

   A detailed specification of NDN-OPP and OPPFaces can be found in [3].
   In the remainder document we will refer to OPPFaces, Wi-Fi Faces and
   DTN Faces simply as Faces.

1.4. Conventions

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   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119. In this
   document, these words will appear with that interpretation   only
   when in ALL CAPS. Lower case uses of these words are not to be
   interpreted as carrying significance described in RFC 2119.

2. DABBER Architecture

   This section presents an overview of the overall DABBER protocol
   architecture. The three major considerations to architect DABBER are:

      i) In opportunistic networks it is not possible to know the
      complete network topology. Hence, there is no need to disseminate
      Adjacency information.

      ii) In opportunistic networks it is not efficient to flood the
      network, as shown by all prior solutions based on controlled
      packet replication forwarding ([12][13][14][18][15]) instead of
      broadcast as used in Epidemic routing.

      iii) Selecting the best set of neighbors to replicate packets to,
      may not be efficient if based only on connectivity based
      information (e.g. inter-contact times, contact duration).

                Node A                Node B
             +----------+          +------------+
        N -  |1        2| - N----- |1          2|
             |          |          |            |
             |3        4| - N      |3          4|
             +----------+   |      +------------+
                            |         Node C
                            |       +------------+
                             ------ |1          2|
                                    |            |
                                    |3          4|

                        RIB                                  FIB
           +----------------------------+       +---------------------+
           |Prefix Name | Face   | Cost |       | Prefix Name | Faces |
           +----------------------------+       +---------------------+
           |     N      |  2     |  3   |       | N           |  1,2  |
           |     N      |  4     |  10  |       |             |       |
           |     N      |  1     |  5   |       +-------------------- +

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   Figure 1: RIB and FIB Management, node A.

   DABBER relies on the same message formats, message exchange process,
   and same data structures (RIB and FIB), made available by NDN, and
   used by NLSR. As shown in figure 1, both protocols are able of
   populating the FIB with a list of next hops towards each name prefix.
   This is done based on the information collected from neighbor nodes
   and stored in the RIB.

   However, NLSR needs to build a full network topology, based on
   Adjacency Link State Advertisements (LSA), to compute shortest paths
   towards each node in the network (based on a simple extension of the
   Dijkstra's algorithm). After this, NLSR computes shortest paths
   towards each data source by associating each router with name
   prefixes, based on the information exchanged via Prefix LSAs. Such
   name prefixes are ordered in the FIB based on the distance of the
   path towards the data source (shortest first).

   While NLSR relies on the dissemination of Adjacency and Prefixes
   LSAs, DABBER only requires the dissemination of Prefix LSAs and does
   not require the computation of shortest paths: DABBER replaces the
   path cost used by NSLR with a data reachability cost, as described in
   section 2.4, reducing the impact that topological changes would have
   on the stability of routing information.

   The computation of data reachability costs towards different data
   sources, based on the local dissemination of name prefixes, aims to
   avoid flooding the wireless network with Interest packets that would
   otherwise be broadcast to all potential data sources.

   Another difference towards NLSR is the face ranking in the FIB. While
   NLSR ranks faces based only of the path distance towards the data
   source, DABBER considers a set of local variables that characterize
   the neighbors, and the time lapse between forwarding an Interest
   packets and receiving the corresponding data packet, as described in
   section 2.2.4.

2.1. Assumptions and Requirements

   DABBER relies on the following assumptions:

      o Mobile nodes are able of exploiting wireless connectivity. For
      instance having NDN-OPP installed.

      o Mobile nodes can be a source and destination of data, being able
      of operating as a router: there is not a clear distinction, in
      terms of routing process, between sources, destinations, and

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   In terms of requirements:

      o LSAs must be exchanged based on Interest / Data messages, as in

      o A synchronization mechanism should be used to exchange LSAs
      among neighbor node, as in NSLR.

      o LSAs should be used to distribute only name prefix reachability,
      since building a network topology based on adjacency information
      is not feasible in an opportunistic network.

      o Multiple next-hops for each name prefix must be computed based
      on local information that encodes data reachability.

      o Link failure recovery must be local and hence, the recovery
      process should be based on the operation of OPPFaces (UP/Down link

      o IP addresses or any other form of addressing a node in the
      network must not be considered, as in NLSR.

      o Selective information diffusion must be considered, in order to
      avoid network flooding.

      o Data sources must set the validity of name prefixes - validity v
      - as an integer that represents the expiration date of the data.

2.2. Naming

   DABBER makes use of NDN hierarchical naming scheme to identify each
   wireless node. This strategy is similar to the one used by NLSR. The
   difference is in the name semantics: being a routing protocol for
   wired networks, NLSR uses names that reflect network structures and
   operational practices, making it easy to identify routers belonging
   to the same network, and operator realms. In NLSR each router is
   named according to the network it resides in, the specific site it
   belongs to, as well as an assigned router name, i.e.,
   /<network>/<site>/<router>. For example, /ATT/AtlantaPoP1/router3.
   This semantics provide additional topological information to the
   routing process.

   In a wireless networking environment, a hierarchical naming scheme
   still makes sense to identify to which network operator does the
   mobile node belongs to and to the home site, in case the mobile

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   operator has more than one operational site. Since DABBER is used to
   exchange data directly between mobile nodes in an opportunistic
   networking scenario, it makes use of a hierarchical naming scheme
   that reflects the way mobile roaming works: When a mobile node is
   used outside its home, it attempts to communicate with a visited
   mobile network. The visited network recognizes that the node does not
   belong to any of its networks, and checks if there is a roaming
   agreement between the home network and one of the networks of the
   visited operator. If so the call is routed towards an international
   transit network.

   Based on the operation of a mobile network, the following semantics
   is used to name DABBER nodes:/<network>/<operator>/<home>/<node>,
   where <network> represents the international transit network allowing
   roaming services for the mobile operator; <operator> refers to the
   operator providing the mobile service; <home> is the network site of
   the mobile operator where the node is registered; <node> is the
   mobile equipment.

   The hierarchical name is used to implement a trust model to allow
   nodes to verify the signature of routing messages, as described in
   section 5.

   The information included in the hierarchical name may be used to
   select next hops belonging to the same operator network, or nodes
   that have the same home network. It is assumed that an opportunistic
   wireless network is build based on wireless direct connectivity
   between nodes that may belong to different operators and home
   networks, but that may have roaming patterns that allows them to have
   frequent wireless contacts.

2.3. LSA Dissemination

   As happens with NLSR, DABBER runs on top of NDN, making use of
   Interest/Data packets to exchange LSAs. This means that while IP-
   based routing protocols push updates to other routers, DABBER nodes
   need to pull the updates.

   As happens with NLSR, DABBER can use any underlay communication
   channels (e.g., TCP/UDP tunnels, Link layer TXT records) to exchange
   LSA information.

   Moreover, DABBER benefits from NDN built-in data authenticity: since
   a routing update is carried in an NDN data packet and every NDN data
   packet carries a signature, a DABBER node can verify the signature of
   each LSA message to ensure that it was generated by the claimed
   origin node and was not tampered during dissemination.

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   Similarly to what happens with NLSR, DABBER disseminates LSAs via a
   data synchronization mechanism (e.g. ChronoSync [9], PartialSync
   [10]) of the local LSDB.

   The main differences towards NLSR are:

      o Contrary to NLSR, DABBER does not disseminate Adjacency LSAs to
      reflect the status of the links towards neighbor nodes.

      o As NSLR, DABBER advertises Prefix LSAs every time a new name
      prefix is added or deleted to the LSDB. However in the case of
      DABBER, name prefixes are advertised with a cost/metric related to
      the validity of the associated data.

   This peer synchronization approach is receiver-driven, meaning that a
   node will request LSAs only when it has CPU cycles. Thus it is less
   likely a node will be overwhelmed by a flurry of updates. In order to
   remove obsolete LSAs, every node periodically refreshes each of its
   own LSAs by generating a newer version. Every LSA has a lifetime
   associated with it and will be removed from the LSDB when the
   lifetime expires. The LSA format is shown in Figure 2.

        Prefix LSA
     |  LSA  | Number of |Prefix 1|Cost| ... |Prefix N|Cost| Signature |
     |  Name | Prefixes  |        |    |     |        |    |           |

   Figure 2: Prefix LSA format.

   Each LSA used by DABBER has the name
   <network>/<operator>/<home>/<node>/DABBER/LSA/Prefix/<version>. The
   LSA <version> is increased by 1 whenever a node creates a new version
   of the LSA.

   A detailed description of the LSA exchange process is provided in
   section 3.3.

2.4. Multiple path Computation

   As mentioned, DABBER considers that there is a set of potential next-
   hops via which a name prefix N can be reached with a certain cost k.
   This cost k represents the probability of reaching a data object
   identified by N via a Face F, and is related to the time validity of
   the name prefix (v). The rationale for this approach is that the
   selection of faces that have a higher k will improve data
   reachability. The validity of a name prefix is set by the data source
   as an integer that represents the expiration date of the data.

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   Since different nodes can announce the same name prefix, a certain
   name prefix may be associated with different values of k (as v shall
   differ) over different faces, depending upon the nodes announcing
   such name prefix: this lead to the identification of multiple next
   hops, each one with a different cost.

   The computation of multiple next hops is performed every time DABBER
   has a new Prefix LSA (or a new version of an existing Prefix LSA) in
   its LSDB (c.f. section 2.3). The sequence of operations, as described
   in the following sub-sections are: Update of the RIB based on a face
   selection criteria; Update of the FIB based on a face ranking
   strategy; Update of the LSDB with the updated cost of the local
   Prefix LSA.

2.4.1. Cost Computation

   When DABBER is notified that a new Prefix LSA was entered in the LSDB
   or an existing Prefix LSA has a new version, it computes a new cost
   for each name prefix in such Prefix LSA.

   DABBER computes a new cost k for a prefix N depending upon the cost
   announced by the neighbor (e.g., 3 in the case of N announced by node
   B in figure 1), and the relevancy of the "relation" between the two
   neighbor nodes (e.g., node A and node B).

   The relevancy of the "relation" between two neighbor nodes can be,
   e.g., a measure of similarity [7], where similarity is seen as a link
   measure, i.e., it provides a correlation cost between a node and its
   neighbors. Or such relation can be weighted based, as is common in
   opportunistic environments, on metrics derived from average contact
   duration thus allowing a node to adjust the Name Prefix cost k based
   on the probability of meeting the respective neighbor again.

2.4.2. RIB Update with Face Selection

   After computing the new value of the cost k of a name prefix, as
   described in section 2.4.1, DABBER updates the RIB entry of that name
   prefix with the face over which the Prefix LSA was received based on
   the logic assigned to that name prefix.

   DABBER assigns selection logics to name prefix, such as NDN assigns
   forwarding strategies to name prefixes.

   There may be different available logics to choose from:

      o Increase diversity - The new Face is included in the RIB entry,
      if the computed cost k helps to increase diversity of the name

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      prefix. For instance the new cost k is higher than the average
      costs already stored for that name prefix, affected by a
      configured diversity constant.

      o Downward Path Criterion - It is a non-equal cost multi-path
      logic that is guaranteed to be loop-free. Based on the Downward
      Path Criterion, the X faces (the maximum number X of desirable
      faces can be defined by configuration) to be considered for a name
      prefix include the one with the lowest cost k plus X-1 faces that
      have a cost k lower than the cost that the current node has itself
      to the name prefix.

      o Downward Path Criterion extension - Also considers any face over
      which the name prefix can be reached with a cost k equal to the
      cost that the current node has itself to the name prefix. To avoid
      packet from looping back, there is the need to add a tiebreaker,
      which assures that traffic only crosses one direction of equal-
      cost links.

2.4.3. FIB Update with Face Ranking

   FIB updates are performed by selecting a certain number RIB entries
   with a lower cost k, aiming to allow the forwarding strategy to use a
   maximum number of next hops per name prefix. This maximum number of
   FIB entries (F) is defined by configuration in order to control the
   size of the FIB table in an environment where each node may have a
   large set of neighbors, as is the case of an opportunistic network.

   In order to increase the performance of any NDN forwarding strategy,
   DABBER ranks the faces installed in the FIB, based on the
   contextualization variables described in section 1.1, and a measure
   of the distance towards the data source:

      o Node centrality C, aiming to select neighbors with high
      probability of successfully forwarding Interest packets;

      o Node availability A, aiming to select neighbors able to process
      Interest packets with high probability;

      o Time-to-completion T, i.e., time lapse between forwarding an
      Interest packets and receiving the corresponding data packet,
      aiming to select neighbors closer to a data source.

   The CM provides the values of C and A for each face, periodically or
   on demand, every time the FIB is updated. The values provided by the
   CM are stored in a FACE Table as shown in figure 3. The higher the
   values of C and A the most preferential a face is.

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         Face table
     |   Face     | Status | Metric C  | Metric A |
     |     1      |    UP  |    6      |    3     |
     |     2      |  DOWN  |    4      |   12     |
     |     3      |    UP  |    1      |    8     |

   Figure 3: Face table.

   T is measured by observing the flow of Interest and Data packets.
   Thus, the lowest the T, the most preferential a Face is. Although
   different nodes may have a different implementation of a face ranking
   logic, the relevancy of T in comparison to C and A should be higher,
   since T reflects the measured delay to reach a data source, while C
   and A are indicators of the neighbors potential as relays.

2.4.4. LSDB Updates

   The LSBD of a node starts by being updated every time a new Prefix
   LSA is received from a neighbor node, as a consequence of the LSA
   dissemination process described in section 2.3.

   The reception of new Prefix LSA, or of new versions of existing
   prefix LSA leads to the computation of a cost k to each name prefix
   carried in the LSA, and the inclusion of such value in the RIB entry
   corresponding to the respective name prefix as described in this

   After updating the RIB, and while populating the FIB, DABBER needs to
   update in the LSDB its own Prefix LSA with the updated information
   about the revised name prefix. The cost of the announced name prefix
   is the lowest from all the RIB entries related to such name prefix.

   Giving as example node A in Figure 1, it will include the following
   Prefix LSA in its LSDB after the LSA dissemination with nodes B and
      o <network>/<operator>/<home>/Node B/DABBER/LSA/Prefix/d1
      including a cost of 3 for name prefix N

      o <network>/<operator>/<home>/Node C/DABBER/LSA/Prefix/d1
      including a cost of 10 for name prefix N

   After updating its RIB, node A will include the following Prefix LSA
   in its LSDB:

      o <network>/<operator>/<home>/Node A/DABBER/LSA/Prefix/d1

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      including a cost of 3 for name prefix N

2.5. Loop Prevention

   Given the multi-path nature of DABBER, the incoming Face might appear
   among the potential next-hops for a given name prefix. For this
   reason, DABBER applies the Incoming Face Exclusion principle [11] in
   order to prevent forwarding Interest packets back though the Face
   them came from, thus removing two-hop loops.

   Furthermore, in order to detect longer forwarding loops (more than
   two hops), DABBER relies on the nonce-based detection scheme
   available in NDN in order to drop a looping packet as soon as it is
   received the second time.

   In addition, DABBER considers a loop removal mechanism, which takes
   care of disabling the Face responsible for the looping once it is
   detected, as described in section 3.4.

3. Protocol Overview

3.1. Overall Operation Example

   We consider the scenario in Figure 4 to assist in the protocol
   operation overview: namely to understand to role of DABBER to allow
   extension of NDN operation towards wireless dynamic networks. In
   Figure 4, nodes A, B, and C reside in an opportunistic network and
   run DABBER, while nodes E and F are wireless edge routers running
   another NDN routing/forwarding protocol, such as NLSR. G is a
   wireless node running DABBER.

        |    +---+           |
        |    | B | .         |
        |    +---+  .2+---+  |   +---+    +---+     +---+
        |+---+        | C |3 ... | E |....| F  |....| G |
        || A |.......1+---+  |   +---+    +---+     +---+
        |+---+               |

   Figure 4: End-to-end operational example.

   In our example, Node A starts producing some content derived, for
   instance, from the use of an application (such as a data sharing
   application). The produced content is stored in its local Content
   Store with the name /NDN/video/Lisbon/nighview.mpg. Node B stored in
   its Content Store a data object with name
   /NDN/video/Lisbon/river.mpg, which node B received from a neighbor

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   (meaning that B have already synchronize its LSDB with such a

   Due to the update of the Content Store, the name prefix
   /NDN/video/Lisbon/ is stored in the LSDB of node A and B with a cost
   of 864000 and 518400 in the case of node A and B respectively. In the
   case of node A, the cost k of the name prefix equals the validity v
   of the data object, e.g., v=864000 seconds (10 days) stipulated by
   the application. In the case of node B the cost k is the result of
   the cost computation process (cf. section 2.4).

   From a routing perspective, storing a name prefix in the local LSDB
   allows the node to share the respective Prefix LSA on all its Faces,
   excepting on the Face over which the LSA was previously received, as
   explained in section 3.3. This LSA exchange is done when the OPPFaces
   are up, as described in section 3.2. Node C, which got a new Prefix
   LSA from nodes A and B, will:

      o Updates its LSDB with the Prefix LSAs received from node A and
      node B.

      o Updates its RIBs with two new entries for the name prefix
      /NDN/video/Lisbon/, associated with the face towards A (face1) and
      with the face towards B (face2):

         o The cost of the name prefix is updated based on the metric
         configured for node C: average inter-contact time.

         o Let's assume that A and C encounter each other frequently,
         and therefore the link cost is 0.8, while B and C do not meet
         frequently and the link cost is 0.1. This means that node C
         stores 2 new entries for prefix /NDN/video/Lisbon/ in its RIB
         related to face2 with a cost of 51840 and related to face1 with
         a cost of 691200.

      o Update their FIBs with one new entry for the name prefix
      /NDN/video/Lisbon/ with two faces: face 1 and face 2, since F
      equals 4.

      o Ranks the faces in the FIB entry as <face2,face1> since the
      information stored in the Face Table shows that node B is more
      available that node A and has higher centrality. At the moment
      there is no information about the time-to-completion.

      o Updates its LSDB with a local Prefix LSA (as described in
      section 2.4.4) including the name prefix /NDN/video/Lisbon/ and
      the lowest cost that such prefix has on its RIB.

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   Based on this status of the FIB all interest packets that node C gets
   for the name prefix /NDN/video/Lisbon/ will be forwards to the number
   of faces associated to the used forwarded strategy, but respecting
   the ranking of faces done by DABBER.

   When node C gets in the range of router E (wireless edge router) it
   will exchange disseminate routing information, based on some
   interoperability issues need to be considered, as described in
   section 4.

3.2. Peer Discovery and Face Setup

   In an opportunistic network DABBER needs to manage the dynamic
   connectivity among neighbor nodes. For this proposes the DABBER
   protocol relies on a background process, the Connectivity Manager.

   The current version of DABBER comes with a Connectivity Manager for
   Wi-Fi Direct. However, such connectivity manager can be easily
   extended to integrate other type of wireless or cellular support. The
   description here provided is adjusted to the case of Wi-Fi Direct.

   When booted, the Connectivity Manager starts reacting to changes in
   the peers available within scanning range of the current node. It
   oversees managing the connection to a Wi-Fi Direct Group and
   automatically joins a Group if it is not part of one.

   Upon the reception of notifications regarding changes in the peers
   detected in the neighborhood, the Connectivity Manager updates its
   internal peer list. If it is not currently connected to a Wi-Fi
   Direct Group, it performs a selection heuristic to determine which
   node to connect to. The motivation behind this selection process is
   to attempt to minimize the number of Wi-Fi Direct Groups in a certain
   area given that nodes can only transmit packets within the Group they
   are currently connected to.

   The heuristic simply favors whichever Group Owner is already detected
   among the available peers. In the case there is exactly one Group
   Owner, the current node attempts to join its Group. If more than one
   or no Group Owners are available, the heuristic selects the non-
   client node with the highest UUID. If the selected node is not the
   current node, a connection is attempted. This heuristic guarantees
   that the current node will never attempt to connect to a Client, thus
   breaking an existing Group. Also, all nodes located in an area and
   have the same view of available peers will all select the same node
   as the Group Owner to which connection should be attempted.

   For each node detected in a Wi-Fi Direct Group, a new instance of an
   OPPFace is created. The status of an OPPFace tells us if the

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   connectivity link towards a specific node is up or down. Based on
   this information, the OPPFace decides whether to simply queue a
   packet (when OPPFace is down) or flush the queue (when OPPFace is

   In order to achieve this, whenever the node joins a Wi-Fi Direct
   Group, it gets registered in the Group so that other nodes can send
   packets to it. After this setup, all service changes detected within
   the Group (connectivity up or down) are reflected into the Face Table
   (cf. Figure 2). Upon disconnection from the Group, the node is
   unregistered and the node returns to a state of waiting for a Group
   to be joined.

3.3. LSA Exchange

   DABBER performs the dissemination of LSAs based on a process able of
   synchronizing the content of LSDBs. In this sense, all LSAs are kept
   in the LSDB as a name set, and DABBER uses a hash of the LSA name set
   as a compact expression of the set. Neighbor nodes use the hashes of
   their LSA name sets to detect inconsistencies in their sets. For this
   reason, neighbor nodes exchange hashes of the LSDB as soon as
   OPPFaces are UP.

   Current version of DABBER makes use of ChronoSync as synchronization
   mechanism. Chronosync allows DABBER to define a collection of named
   data in a local repo as a slice. LSA information are synchronized
   among neighbor nodes, since Chronosync keeps the repo slice
   containing the LSA information in sync with identically defined
   slices in neighboring repositories.

   If a new LSA name is detected in a repo, ChronoSync notifies DABBER
   to retrieve the corresponding LSA in order to update the local LSDB.
   DABBER can also request new LSAs from Chronosync when resources (e.g.
   CPU cycles) are available.

   Figure 5 shows how an LSA is disseminated between two neighbor nodes
   A and B, when the OPPFace is UP. To synchronize the slice
   representing the LSDB information in the repo, ChronoSync, on each
   node, periodically sends Sync Interests with the hash of its LSA name
   set / slice (step 1). When Node A has a new Prefix LSA in its LSDB,
   DABBER writes it in the Chronosync slice (step 2). At this moment,
   the hash value of the LSA slide of node A becomes different from that
   of node B. As a consequence, the Chronosync in node A replies to the
   Sync Interest of node B with a Sync Reply with the new hash value of
   its local LSA slice (step 3). The Chronosync in node B identifies the
   LSA that needs to be synchronized and notifies DABBER about the
   missing LSA, and updates its LSA name set (step 4). Since DABBER on
   node B has been notified of the missing LSA, DABBER sends an LSA

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   Interest message to retrieve the missing LSA (step 5). DABBER on node
   A sends the missing data in a LSA Data message (step 6).  When DABBER
   on node B receives the LSA data, it inserts the LSA into its LSDB.
   Chronosync on nodes A and B compute a new hash for updated the set
   and send a new Sync Interest with the new hash (step 7).

         Node A                            Node B
     +----------------------------+     +----------------------------+
     |            +-------------+ |     |+-------------+             |
     |    DABBER  |  Chronosync | |     ||  Chronosync |   DABBER    |
     |            +-------------+ |     |+-------------+             |
     +----------------------------+     +----------------------------+
            |            |  Sync Interest (1) |              |
            |            |------------------->|              |
            |            |<-------------------|              |
            | New LSA (2)|                    |              |
            |----------> |                    |              |
            |            |    Sync Reply (3)  |              |
            |            |------------------->|              |
            |            |                    |  Notify (4)  |
            |            |                    |------------->|
            |            |   LSA Interest (5) |              |
            |            |   LSA Data (6)     |              |
            |            |                    |              |
            |            |  Sync Interest (7) |              |
            |            |------------------->|              |
            |            |<-------------------|              |

   Figure 5: LSA exchange process.

   When more than one LSA needs to be synchronized, the issued LSA
   Interest packet will contain information about as many LSAs as
   allowed by the Link maximum transmission unit. In the same sense one
   LSA Data packet may include also be used to transport information
   about more than one LSA.

3.4. Loop Avoidance

   In addition to the loop avoidance mechanism of NDN, DABBER considers
   a loop removal mechanism, which takes care of disabling the Face
   responsible for the looping once it is detected.

3.5. Failure and Recovery

   As described in section 3.2, DABBER relies on a connectivity manager
   that is able to react to changes in the peers available within the

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   wireless scanning range of the current node.

   Upon detection of a Wi-Fi Direct Group, the connectivity manager
   automatically joins that Group, if it is not part of one.

   Upon the reception of notifications regarding changes in the peers
   detected in the neighborhood, the Connectivity Manager updates its
   internal peer list.

3.6. Interface towards a Contextual Agent

   The interface between DABBER and CM provides the former with periodic
   information concerning a node's centrality (C) and a node's
   availability (A), as well as with a similarity weight (I) between
   peers (link relevancy).

   This interface integrates premises to perform specific requests to
   get the computed values C, U for a list of peers provided by DABBER.
   The peers are identified by hashed MACs.

   The interface integrates also a premise to provide a similarity
   weight (I) between two peers passed by DABBER to the CM. For
   instance, if DABBER requests similarity between node A (sender) and
   node B (potential successor), then the CM computes similarity for
   both nodes based on a specific period of time. Such analysis can
   assist in a better selection of peers for data transmission, for

4. Interoperability

   As mentioned in section 1.2 DABBER is being developed to allow the
   deployment of wireless NDN networks where nodes and links can be
   intermittently available. In this section we analyze the
   interoperability of DABBER in two scenarios: the NDN wireless network
   is at the fringes of a wired NDN core; the NDN wireless network can
   interconnect topologically separated NDN networks or hosts, via a

4.1. Interoperability with NDN operation over DTNs

   In this sub-section, we review the deployment of DABBER over existing
   DTNs. We only consider deployment scenarios where NDN is deployed as
   an overlay over a DTN. In this case, the existing DTN infrastructure
   and implementation are leveraged to extend NDN operation in
   challenged networks. We consider scenarios such as data mulling,
   services to remote locations, and interconnecting different NDN hosts
   (fixed or mobile)[23].

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   In such challenged network topologies, OPPFaces may not be able to
   cope well with long delays or disruption due to frequent
   disconnections and node mobility, severely hampering network
   operations. A DTN face integrated into NDN-OPP provides the latter
   with a robust communications platform supporting communications in
   these conditions, by providing the option to propagate Interests to,
   and return Data from, remote NDN hosts or networks. These are assumed
   to typically reside in access points and wireless edge routers, or
   mobile devices and have a corresponding DTN face implementation.

   DABBER will employ the DTN face, either in a hop-by-hop or a multi-
   hop fashion, when it senses, through the connectivity manager, that
   the OPPFaces do not provide a high probability of successful data
   delivery (e.g. Time-to-completion is too high). As DTN faces operate
   as regular faces, cost computation and face ranking/selection is
   performed using the procedure described in section 2.4.

4.2. Interoperability with NDN operation in wired networks

   In this sub-section we analyze the interoperability of DABBER with
   two potential configurations of an NDN access network based on: a
   routing protocol able of disseminating name prefix information, such
   as NLSR; a broadcast based forwarding approach.

4.2.1. Interoperability with NLSR

   The LSA dissemination mechanism described in section 3.3 is used to
   ensure interoperability with NLSR. Such mechanism ensures the
   interoperability between a DABBER node and a NLSR edge router, since
   the specification used by DABBER follows the same message structure
   and sequence of the mechanism used by NLSR [19][20].

   However, when DABBER is executing the LSA dissemination procedure
   over a Wi-Fi face (towards a NLSR edge router), the following updates
   to the procedure described in section 3.3 need to be done in order to
   account for the changes between DABBER and NLSR as stated in section

      o When DABBER gets an Interest packet related to a Prefix LSA,
      DABBER excludes the information about the cost of each name

      o When DABBER gets a Data packet related to a Prefix LSA, it had
      to each name prefix a standard cost of 86400 (corresponding to a
      validity of 1 day).

      o DABBER will ignore all notifications that Chronosync will send
      it related to Adjacency LSAs.

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4.2.2. Interoperability with broadcast based forwarding

   Broadcast-based forwarding is a common mechanism in the design of
   some networks, such as switched Ethernet and mobile ad-hoc networks.
   In NDN networks this means that NFD broadcasts Interest packets that
   do not match an entry in the FIB, inserting then into the FIB the
   forwarding path learned through observation of Data return paths. The
   main challenge in broadcast based forwarding schemes is the prefix
   granularity problem: determine the name prefix of an inserted FIB
   entry from the Data name. Several solutions exist [16], including the
   announcements of name prefixes, as done by DABBER.

   In any case DABBER interoperability with such NDN networks relies on
   the following considerations:

      o When in contact with a wireless edge router, DABBER always
      forward Interest packet towards the Wi-Fi Face, even when the
      Interest packet does not match an entry in the FIB. o Interest
      packets received from a wireless edge router will not be
      broadcast. Interest packets will be forwarded if they match an
      entry in the FIB, or dropped otherwise.

5. Security Considerations

   As happens with NLSR, DABBER routing messages are carried in NDN data
   packets containing a signature. Hence, a DABBER node can verify the
   signature of each routing message to ensure that it was generated by
   the claimed origin node and was not tampered with during
   dissemination. For this propose, DABBER makes use of a hierarchical
   trust model for routing, as used by NLSR within a single domain, to
   verify the keys used to sign the routing messages.

   Following the name structure described in section 2.2, DABBER models
   the trust management as a five-level hierarch, as in NLSR, although
   reflecting a different administrative structure: <network> represents
   the authority responsible by the international transit network
   allowing roaming services; <operator> represents the operator
   providing the mobile service; <home> represents the network site of
   the mobile operator where the node is registered; <node> represents
   the mobile equipment. Each node can create a DABBER process that
   produces LSAs.

   With this hierarchical trust model, one can establish a chain of keys
   to authenticate LSAs. Specifically, a LSA must be signed by a valid
   DABBER process, which runs on the same node where the LSA was
   originated. To become a valid DABBER process, the process key must be
   signed by the corresponding node key, which in turn should be signed
   by the registered home network of the network operator. Each home

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   network key must be signed by the operator key, which must be
   certified by the network authority using the network key, which is
   called trust anchor in NDN.

   Since keys must be retrieved in order to verify routing updates,
   DABBER allows each node to retrieve keys from its neighbors. This
   means that a DABBER node will use the NDN Interest/Data exchange
   process to gathers keys from all its direct neighbors. Upon the
   reception of an Interest of the type /<network>/broadcast/KEYS each
   neighbor looks up the requested keys in their local key storage and
   return the key if it is found. In case a neighbor does not have the
   requested key, the neighbor can further query its neighbors for such
   key. The used key retrieval process makes use of a broadcast
   forwarding strategy, stopping at nodes who either own or cache the
   requested keys.

6. Implementation and Deployment Experience

   Currently DABBER is being implemented as the routing scheme for the
   NDN framework for Opportunistic Networks (NDN-OPP) [3]. NDN-OPP is an
   extension of the NDN Android implementation, aiming to support NDN
   communication in wireless networks by exploiting direct communication
   between wireless nodes, as well as intermittent Wi-Fi connectivity to
   the Internet (NDN global test-bed).

   NDN-OPP has been demonstrated in ACM ICN 2017 in Berlin [4], as well
   as in the NDNComm in Memphis [5]. NDN-OPP code is available in
   GitHub: https://github.com/COPELABS-SITI/ndn-opp

7. Acknowledgments

   The research leading to these results has received funding from the
   European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 research and innovation programmer
   under grant agreement No 645124(Action full title: Universal, mobile-
   centric and opportunistic communications architecture, Action
   Acronym: UMOBILE).

   We thank all contributors, as well as the valuable comments offered
   by Lixia Zhang (UCLA) and Lan Wang (University of Memphis) to improve
   this draft.

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        Opportunistic Networks", Technical Report COPE-SITI-TR-18-01,
        January 2018.

8.2  Informative References

   [4] Seweryn Dynerowicz, Paulo Mendes, "Named-Data Networking in
        Opportunistic Networks", in ACM ICN, Berlin, Germany, September

   [5] Seweryn Dynerowicz, Omar Aponte, Paulo Mendes, "NDN Operation in
        Opportunistic Wireless Networks", in NDNcomm, Memphis, USA,
        March 2017

   [6] Christos-Alexandros Sarros, Sotiris Diamantopoulos, Sergi Rene,
        Ioannis Psaras, Adisorn Lertsinsrubtavee, Carlos Molina-Jimenez,
        Paulo Mendes, Rute Sofia, Arjuna Sathiaseelan, George Pavlou,
        Jon Crowcroft, Vassilis Tsaoussidis, "Connecting the Edges: A
        Universal, Mobile centric and Opportunistic Communications
        Architecture", IEEE Communication Magazine, February 2018

   [7] Rute C. Sofia, Igor Santos, Jose Soares, Sotiris Diamantopoulos,
        Christos-Alexandro Sarros, Dimitris Vardalis, Vassilis
        Tsaoussidis, Angela; d'Angelo, "UMOBILE D4.5 - Report on Data
        Collection and Inference Models" Technical Report, September

   [8] NDN Project, "NFD Developer's Guide", Technical Report NDN-0021,
        October 2016.

   [9] Zhenkai Zhu and Alexander Afanasyev, "Let's ChronoSync:
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   [10] Minsheng Zhang, Vince Lehman, and Lan Wang, "PartialSync:
        Efficient Synchronization of a Partial Namespace in NDN", NDN

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        Technical Report NDN-0039, June 2016.

   [11] Klaus Schneider, Beichuan Zhang, "How to Establish Loop-Free
        Multipath Routes in Named Data Networking", NDN Technical Report
        NDN-0044, April 2017.

   [12] A. Lindgren, A. Doria, E. Davies, S. Grasic, "Probabilistic
        Routing Protocol for Intermittently Connected Networks, IETF RFC
        6693, Aug 2012.

   [13] Waldir Moreira, Paulo Mendes, Susana Sargento, "Social-aware
        Opportunistic Routing Protocol based on User's Interactions and
        Interests", in Proc. of AdhocNets, Barcelona, Spain, October

   [14] Waldir Moreira, Paulo Mendes, Susana Sargento, "Opportunistic
        Routing based on daily routines", in Proc. of IEEE WoWMoM
        workshop on autonomic and opportunistic communications, San
        Francisco, USA, June, 2012

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        Self-Learning in Named Data Networking", in Proc. Of IFIP
        Networking, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2017

   [17] The H2020 UMOBILE project. Grant number 645124, 2015-2018.
        Available via http://www.umobile-project.eu/

   [18] Waldir Moreira, Paulo Mendes and Eduardo Cerqueira,
        "Opportunistic Routing based on Users Daily Life Routine", IETF
        Internet Draft (draft-moreira-dlife-04), May 2014

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        Beichuan Zhang, Lixia Zhang "A Secure Link State Routing
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        Gawande, "NLSR Developer's Guide", November 2017.

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        Scott, K. Fall, H. Weiss, "Delay-Tolerant Networking
        Architecture", IETF RFC 4838, April 2007

   [22] K. Scott, S. Burleigh, "Bundle Protocol Specification", IETF RFC
        5050, November 2007

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   [23] C.A. Sarros, A. Lertsinsrubtavee, C. Molina-Jimenez, K.
        Prasopoulos, S. Diamantopoulos, D. Vardalis, A. Sathiaseelan,
        "ICN-based Edge Service Deployment in Challenged Networks"
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        Centric Networking, Berlin, Germany, September 26-28, 2017

Authors' Addresses

   Paulo Mendes
   COPELABS, Universidade Lusofona
   Campo Grande, 376
   1749-024 Lisboa
   Email: paulo.mendes@ulusofona.pt
   URI: http://www.paulomilheiromendes.com

   Rute Sofia
   Av. da Republica 6, 7 Esq
   1050-191 Lisboa
   Email: rute.sofia@senception.com
   URI: http://www.rutesofia.com

   Vassilis Tsaoussidis
   Democritus University of Thrace
   University Campus
   69100 Komotini
   Email: vtsaousi@ee.duth.gr

   Sotiris Diamantopoulos
   Democritus University of Thrace
   University Campus
   69100 Komotini
   Email: diamantopoulos.sotiris@gmail.com

   Christos-Alexandros Sarros
   Democritus University of Thrace
   University Campus
   69100 Komotini

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