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Directional Airtime Metric Based on Packet Sequence Numbers for Optimized Link State Routing Version 2 (OLSRv2)
RFC 7779

Document Type RFC - Experimental (April 2016)
Authors Henning Rogge , Emmanuel Baccelli
Last updated 2016-04-19
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RFC 7779
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          H. Rogge
Request for Comments: 7779                               Fraunhofer FKIE
Category: Experimental                                       E. Baccelli
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                    INRIA
                                                              April 2016

    Directional Airtime Metric Based on Packet Sequence Numbers for
            Optimized Link State Routing Version 2 (OLSRv2)


   This document specifies a Directional Airtime (DAT) link metric for
   usage in Optimized Link State Routing version 2 (OLSRv2).

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   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for examination, experimental implementation, and

   This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Applicability Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Directional Airtime Metric Rationale  . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Metric Functioning and Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Protocol Constants  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  Protocol Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     7.1.  Recommended Values  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   8.  Data Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     8.1.  Initial Values  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   9.  Packets and Messages  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     9.1.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     9.2.  Requirements for Using DAT Metric in OLSRv2
           Implementations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     9.3.  Link-Loss Data Gathering  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     9.4.  HELLO Message Processing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   10. Timer Event Handling  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     10.1.  Packet Timeout Processing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     10.2.  Metric Update  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   11. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   12. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     12.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     12.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   Appendix A.  Future Work  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Appendix B. Metric History  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Appendix C.  Link-Speed Stabilization . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   Appendix D.  Packet-Loss Hysteresis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   Appendix E.  Example DAT Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21

1.  Introduction

   One of the major shortcomings of Optimized Link State Routing (OLSR)
   [RFC3626] is the lack of a granular link-cost metric between OLSR
   routers.  Operational experience with OLSR networks gathered since
   its publication has revealed that wireless networks links can have
   highly variable and heterogeneous properties.  This makes a hop-count
   metric insufficient for effective OLSR routing.

   Based on this experience, OLSRv2 [RFC7181] integrates the concept of
   link metrics directly into the core specification of the routing
   protocol.  The OLSRv2 routing metric is an external process, and it
   can be any kind of dimensionless additive cost function that reports
   to the OLSRv2 protocol.

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   Since 2004, the [] implementation of OLSR has
   included an Estimated Transmission Count (ETX) metric [MOBICOM04] as
   a proprietary extension.  While this metric is not perfect, it proved
   to be sufficient for a long time for Community Mesh Networks (see
   Appendix B).  But the increasing maximum data rate of IEEE 802.11
   made the ETX metric less efficient than in the past, which is one
   reason to move to a different metric.

   This document describes a Directional Airtime routing metric for
   OLSRv2, a successor of the ETX-derived routing metric for
   OLSR.  It takes both the loss rate and the link speed into account to
   provide a more accurate picture of the links within the network.

   This specification allows OLSRv2 deployments with a metric defined by
   the IETF Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANET) working group.  It enables
   easier interoperability testing between implementations and targets
   to deliver a useful baseline to compare with, for experiments with
   this metric as well as other metrics.  Appendix A contains a few
   possible steps to improve the Directional Airtime metric.  Future
   experiments should also determine whether the DAT metric can be
   useful for other IETF protocols, both inside and outside of the MANET
   working group.  This could lead to either moving this document to the
   Standards Track or replacing it with an improved document.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

   The terminology introduced in [RFC5444], [RFC7181], and [RFC6130],
   including the terms "packet", "message" and "TLV", are to be
   interpreted as described therein.

   Additionally, this document uses the following terminology and
   notational conventions:

   DAT -  Directional Airtime (metric).  The link metric specified in
      this document, which is a directional variant of ETT.  It does not
      take reverse path loss into account.

   QUEUE -  A first in, first out queue of integers.

   QUEUE[TAIL] -  The most recent element in the queue.

   add(QUEUE, value) -  Adds a new element to the TAIL of the queue.

   remove(QUEUE) -  Removes the HEAD element of the queue.

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   sum(QUEUE) -  An operation that returns the sum of all elements in a

   diff_seqno(new, old) -  An operation that returns the positive
      distance between two elements of the circular sequence number
      space defined in Section 5.1 of [RFC5444].  Its value is either
      (new - old) if this result is positive, or else its value is
      (new - old + 65536).

   MAX(a, b) -  The maximum of a and b.

   MIN(a, b) -  The minimum of a and b.

   UNDEFINED -  A value not in the normal value range of a variable.

   airtime -  The time a transmitted packet blocks the link layer, e.g.,
      a wireless link.

   ETX -  Expected Transmission Count.  A link metric proportional to
      the number of transmissions to successfully send an IP packet over
      a link.

   ETT -  Estimated Travel Time.  A link metric proportional to the
      amount of airtime needed to successfully transmit an IP packet
      over a link, not considering Layer 2 overhead created by preamble,
      backoff time, and queuing.

3.  Applicability Statement

   The Directional Airtime metric was designed and tested (see
   [COMNET15]) in wireless IEEE 802.11 OLSRv2 networks [RFC7181].  These
   networks employ link-layer retransmission to increase the delivery
   probability.  A dynamic rate selection algorithm selects the unicast
   data rate independently for each neighbor.

   As specified in OLSRv2, the metric calculates only the incoming link
   cost.  It neither calculates the outgoing metric, nor decides the
   link status (heard, symmetric, lost).

   The metric works both for nodes that can send/receive [RFC5444]
   packet sequence numbers and those that do not have this capability.
   In the absence of such sequence numbers, the metric calculates the
   packet loss based on HELLO message [RFC6130] timeouts.

   The metric must learn about the unicast data rate towards each one-
   hop neighbor from an external process, either by configuration or by
   an external measurement process.  This measurement could be done via
   gathering cross-layer data from the operating system, via an external

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   daemon like Dynamic Link Exchange Protocol [DLEP], or via indirect
   Layer 3 measurements like packet-pair (see [MOBICOM04]).

   The metric uses [RFC5444] multicast control traffic to determine the
   link packet loss.  The administrator should take care that link-layer
   multicast transmission do not have a higher reception probability
   than the slowest unicast transmission without retransmission.  For
   example, with 802.11g, it might be necessary to increase the data-
   rate of the multicast transmissions, e.g., set the multicast data-
   rate to 6 Mbit/s.

   The metric can only handle a certain range of packet loss and unicast
   data-rate.  The maximum packet loss that can be encoded into the
   metric is a loss of 7 of 8 packets (87.5%), without link-layer
   retransmissions.  The unicast data-rate that can be encoded by this
   metric can be between 1 kbit/s and 2 Gbit/s.  This metric has been
   designed for data-rates of 1 Mbit/s and hundreds of Mbit/s.

4.  Directional Airtime Metric Rationale

   The Directional Airtime metric has been inspired by the publications
   on the ETX [MOBICOM03] and ETT [MOBICOM04] metric, but differs from
   both of these in several ways.

   Instead of measuring the combined loss probability of a bidirectional
   transmission of a packet over a link in both directions, the
   Directional Airtime metric measures the incoming loss rate and
   integrates the incoming link speed into the metric cost.  There are
   multiple reasons for this decision:

   o  OLSRv2 [RFC7181] defines the link metric as directional costs
      between routers.

   o  Not all link-layer implementations use acknowledgement mechanisms.
      Most link-layer implementations that do use them use less airtime
      and a more robust modulation for the acknowledgement than the data
      transmission, which makes it more likely for the data transmission
      to be disrupted compared to the acknowledgement.

   o  Incoming packet loss and link speed can be measured locally, while
      symmetric link loss would need an additional signaling TLV in the
      HELLO [RFC6130] and would delay metric calculation by up to one
      HELLO interval.

   The Directional Airtime metric does not integrate the packet size
   into the link cost.  Doing so is not feasible in most link-state
   routing protocol implementations.  The routing decision of most
   operation systems does not take packet size into account.

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   Multiplying all link costs of a topology with the size of a data-
   plane packet would never change the Dijkstra result in any way.

   The queue-based packet-loss estimator specified in this document has
   been tested extensively in the ETX implementation; see
   Appendix B.  The output is the average of the packet loss over a
   configured time period.

   The metric normally measures the loss of a link by tracking the
   incoming [RFC5444] packet sequence numbers.  Without these packet
   sequence numbers, the metric does calculate the loss of the link
   based on the received and lost [RFC6130] HELLO messages.  It uses the
   incoming HELLO interval time (or if not present, the validity time)
   to decide when a HELLO is lost.

   When a neighbor router resets, its packet sequence number might jump
   to a random value.  The metric tries to detect jumps in the packet
   sequence number and removes them from the data set because the
   previously gathered link-loss data should still be valid (see
   Section 9.3).  The link-loss data is only removed from memory when a
   link times out completely and its Link Set Tuple is removed from the

5.  Metric Functioning and Overview

   The Directional Airtime metric is calculated for each Link Set entry,
   as defined in [RFC6130], Section 7.1.

   The metric processes two kinds of data into the metric value, namely
   packet-loss rate and link speed.  The link speed is taken from an
   external process not defined in this document.  The current packet-
   loss rate is defined in this document by keeping track of packet
   reception and packet-loss events.  It could also be calculated by an
   external process with a compatible output.

   Multiple incoming packet-loss/reception events must be combined into
   a loss rate to get a smooth metric.  Experiments with exponential
   weighted moving average (EWMA) lead to a highly fluctuating or a slow
   converging metric (or both).  To get a smoother and more controllable
   metric result, this metric uses two fixed-length queues to measure
   and average the incoming packet events, one queue for received
   packets and one for the estimated number of packets sent by the other
   side of the link.

   Because the rate of incoming packets is not uniform over time, the
   queue contains a number of counters, each representing a fixed time
   interval.  Incoming packet-loss and packet-reception events are
   accumulated in the current queue element until a timer adds a new

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   empty counter to both queues and removes the oldest counter from

   In addition to the packet loss stored in the queue, this metric uses
   a timer to detect a total link loss.  For every [RFC6130] HELLO
   interval in which the metric received no packet from a neighbor, it
   scales the number of received packets in the queue based on the total
   time interval the queue represents compared to the total time of the
   lost HELLO intervals.

   The average packet-loss ratio is calculated as the sum of the 'total
   packets' counters divided by the sum of the 'packets received'
   counters.  This value is then divided through the current link speed
   and then scaled into the range of metrics allowed for OLSRv2.

   The metric value is then used as L_in_metric of the Link Set (as
   defined in Section 8.1. of [RFC7181]).

   While this document does not add new [RFC5444] elements to HELLO
   [RFC6130] or TC messages [RFC7181], it works best when both the
   INTERVAL_TIME message TLV is present in the HELLO messages and when
   each [RFC5444] packet contains an interface-specific sequence number.
   It also adds a number of new data entries to be stored for each
   [RFC6130] link.

6.  Protocol Constants

   This specification defines the following constants, which define the
   range of metric values that can be encoded by the DAT metric (see
   Table 1).  They cannot be changed without making the metric outputs
   incomparable and should only be changed for a MANET with a very slow
   or a very fast link layer.  See Appendix E for example metric values.

   DAT_MAXIMUM_LOSS -  Fraction of the loss rate used in this routing
      metric.  Loss rate will be between 0/DAT_MAXIMUM_LOSS and

   DAT_MINIMUM_BITRATE -  Minimal bitrate in Bit/s used by this routing
                      |         Name        | Value |
                      |   DAT_MAXIMUM_LOSS  |   8   |
                      |                     |       |
                      | DAT_MINIMUM_BITRATE |  1000 |

                      Table 1: DAT Protocol Constants

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7.  Protocol Parameters

   This specification defines the following parameters for this routing
   metric.  These parameters are:

   DAT_MEMORY_LENGTH -  Queue length for averaging packet loss.  All
      received and lost packets within the queue length are used to
      calculate the cost of the link.

   DAT_REFRESH_INTERVAL -  Interval in seconds between two metric
      recalculations as described in Section 10.2.  This value SHOULD be
      smaller than a typical HELLO interval.  The interval can be a
      fraction of a second.

   DAT_HELLO_TIMEOUT_FACTOR -  Multiplier relative to the HELLO_INTERVAL
      (see Section 5.3.1 of [RFC6130]) after which the DAT metric
      considers a HELLO as lost.

   DAT_SEQNO_RESTART_DETECTION -  Threshold in the number of missing
      packets (based on received packet sequence numbers) at which point
      the router considers the neighbor has restarted.  This parameter
      is only used for loss estimation based on packet sequence numbers.
      This number MUST be larger than DAT_MAXIMUM_LOSS.

7.1.  Recommended Values

   The proposed values of the protocol parameters are for Community Mesh
   Networks, which mostly use routers that are not mobile.  Using this
   metric for mobile networks might require shorter DAT_REFRESH_INTERVAL





8.  Data Structures

   This specification extends the Link Set of the Interface Information
   Base, as defined in Section 7.1 of [RFC6130], by the adding the
   following elements to each Link Tuple:

   L_DAT_received -  A QUEUE with DAT_MEMORY_LENGTH integer elements.
      Each entry contains the number of successfully received packets
      within an interval of DAT_REFRESH_INTERVAL.

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   L_DAT_total -  A QUEUE with DAT_MEMORY_LENGTH integer elements.  Each
      entry contains the estimated number of packets transmitted by the
      neighbor, based on the received packet sequence numbers within an
      interval of DAT_REFRESH_INTERVAL.

   L_DAT_packet_time -  The time when the next [RFC5444] packet should
      have arrived.

   L_DAT_hello_interval -  The interval between two HELLO messages of
      the links neighbor as signaled by the INTERVAL_TIME TLV [RFC5497]
      of NHDP messages [RFC6130].

   L_DAT_lost_packet_intervals -  The estimated number of HELLO
      intervals from this neighbor from which the metric has not
      received a single packet.

   L_DAT_rx_bitrate -  The current bitrate of incoming unicast traffic
      for this neighbor.

   L_DAT_last_pkt_seqno -  The last received packet sequence number
      received from this link.

   Methods to obtain the value of L_DAT_rx_bitrate are out of the scope
   of this specification.  Such methods may include static configuration
   via a configuration file or dynamic measurement through mechanisms
   described in a separate specification (e.g., [DLEP]).  Any Link Tuple
   with L_status = HEARD or L_status = SYMMETRIC MUST have a specified
   value of L_DAT_rx_bitrate if it is to be used by this routing metric.

   The incoming bitrate value should be stabilized by a hysteresis
   filter to improve the stability of this metric.  See Appendix D for
   an example.

   This specification updates the L_in_metric field of the Link Set of
   the Interface Information Base, as defined in Section 8.1. of

8.1.  Initial Values

   When generating a new tuple in the Link Set, as defined in item 3 of
   Section 12.5 of [RFC6130], the values of the elements specified in
   Section 8 are set as follows:

   o  L_DAT_received := 0, ..., 0.  The queue always has
      DAT_MEMORY_LENGTH elements.

   o  L_DAT_total := 0, ..., 0.  The queue always has DAT_MEMORY_LENGTH

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   o  L_DAT_packet_time := EXPIRED (no earlier [RFC5444] packet

   o  L_DAT_hello_interval := UNDEFINED (no earlier NHDP HELLO

   o  L_DAT_lost_packet_intervals := 0 (no HELLO interval without

   o  L_DAT_last_pkt_seqno := UNDEFINED (no earlier [RFC5444] packet
      with sequence number received).

9.  Packets and Messages

   This section describes the necessary changes of [RFC7181]
   implementations with DAT metric for the processing and modification
   of the incoming and outgoing [RFC5444] data.

9.1.  Definitions

   For the purpose of this section, note the following definitions:

   o  "pkt_seqno" is defined as the [RFC5444] packet sequence number of
      the received packet.

   o  "interval_time" is the time encoded in the INTERVAL_TIME message
      TLV of a received HELLO message [RFC6130].

   o  "validity_time" is the time encoded in the VALIDITY_TIME message
      TLV of a received HELLO message [RFC6130].

9.2.  Requirements for Using DAT Metric in OLSRv2 Implementations

   An implementation of OLSRv2 using the metric specified by this
   document SHOULD include the following parts into its [RFC5444]

   o  An INTERVAL_TIME message TLV in each HELLO message, as defined in
      [RFC6130], Section 4.3.2.

   o  An interface-specific packet sequence number as defined in
      [RFC5444], Section 5.1 that is incremented by 1 for each outgoing
      [RFC5444] packet on the interface.

   An implementation of OLSRv2 using the metric specified by this
   document that inserts packet sequence numbers in some, but not all,
   outgoing [RFC5444] packets will make this metric ignore all packets
   without the sequence number.  Putting the INTERVAL_TIME TLV into

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   some, but not all, HELLO messages will make the timeout-based loss
   detection slower.  This will only matter in the absence of packet
   sequence numbers.

9.3.  Link-Loss Data Gathering

   For each incoming [RFC5444] packet, additional processing SHOULD be
   carried out after the packet messages have been processed as
   specified in [RFC6130] and [RFC7181] as described in this section.

   [RFC5444] packets without packet sequence numbers MUST NOT be
   processed in the way described in this section.

   The router updates the Link Set Tuple corresponding to the originator
   of the packet:

   1.  If L_DAT_last_pkt_seqno = UNDEFINED, then:

       *  L_DAT_received[TAIL] := 1.

       *  L_DAT_total[TAIL] := 1.

   2.  Otherwise:

       *  L_DAT_received[TAIL] := L_DAT_received[TAIL] + 1.

       *  diff := diff_seqno(pkt_seqno, L_DAT_last_pkt_seqno).

       *  If diff > DAT_SEQNO_RESTART_DETECTION, then:

             diff := 1.

       *  L_DAT_total[TAIL] := L_DAT_total[TAIL] + diff.

   3.  L_DAT_last_pkt_seqno := pkt_seqno.

   4.  If L_DAT_hello_interval != UNDEFINED, then:

       *  L_DAT_packet_time := current time + (L_DAT_hello_interval *

   5.  L_DAT_lost_packet_intervals := 0.

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9.4.  HELLO Message Processing

   For each incoming HELLO Message, after it has been processed as
   defined in Section 12 of [RFC6130], the Link Set Tuple corresponding
   to the incoming HELLO message MUST be updated.

   1.  If the HELLO message contains an INTERVAL_TIME message TLV, then:

          L_DAT_hello_interval := interval_time.

   2.  Otherwise:

          L_DAT_hello_interval := validity_time.

   3.  If L_DAT_last_pkt_seqno = UNDEFINED, then:

       *  L_DAT_received[TAIL] := L_DAT_received[TAIL] + 1.

       *  L_DAT_total[TAIL] := L_DAT_total[TAIL] + 1.

       *  L_DAT_packet_time := current time + (L_DAT_hello_interval *

10.  Timer Event Handling

   In addition to changes in the [RFC5444] processing/generation code,
   the DAT metric also uses two timer events.

10.1.  Packet Timeout Processing

   When L_DAT_packet_time has timed out, the following step MUST be

   1.  If L_DAT_last_pkt_seqno = UNDEFINED, then:

          L_DAT_total[TAIL] := L_DAT_total[TAIL] + 1.

   2.  Otherwise:

          L_DAT_lost_packet_intervals := L_DAT_lost_packet_intervals +

   3.  L_DAT_packet_time := L_DAT_packet_time + L_DAT_hello_interval.

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10.2.  Metric Update

   Once every DAT_REFRESH_INTERVAL, all L_in_metric values in all Link
   Set entries MUST be recalculated:

   1.  sum_received := sum(L_DAT_received).

   2.  sum_total := sum(L_DAT_total).

   3.  If L_DAT_hello_interval != UNDEFINED and
       L_DAT_lost_packet_intervals > 0, then:

       *  lost_time_proportion := L_DAT_hello_interval *
          L_DAT_lost_packet_intervals / DAT_MEMORY_LENGTH.

       *  sum_received := sum_received *
          MAX(0, 1 - lost_time_proportion);

   4.  If sum_received < 1, then:

          L_in_metric := MAXIMUM_METRIC, as defined in [RFC7181],
          Section 5.6.1.

   5.  Otherwise:

       *  loss := MIN(sum_total / sum_received, DAT_MAXIMUM_LOSS).

       *  bitrate := MAX(L_DAT_rx_bitrate, DAT_MINIMUM_BITRATE).

       *  L_in_metric := (2^24 / DAT_MAXIMUM_LOSS) * loss / (bitrate /

   6.  remove(L_DAT_total)

   7.  add(L_DAT_total, 0)

   8.  remove(L_DAT_received)

   9.  add(L_DAT_received, 0)

   The calculated L_in_metric value should be stabilized by a hysteresis
   function.  See Appendix D for an example.

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11.  Security Considerations

   Artificial manipulation of metrics values can drastically alter
   network performance.  In particular, advertising a higher L_in_metric
   value may decrease the amount of incoming traffic, while advertising
   lower L_in_metric may increase the amount of incoming traffic.

   For example, by artificially attracting mesh routes and then dropping
   the incoming traffic, an attacker may achieve a Denial of Service
   (DoS) against other mesh nodes.  Similarly, an attacker may achieve
   Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks or traffic analysis by concentrating
   traffic being routed over a node the attacker controls (and end-to-
   end encryption is not used or somehow broken).  Protection mechanisms
   against such MITM or DoS attacks are nevertheless out of scope of
   this document.

   Security threats also include potential attacks on the integrity of
   the control traffic passively monitored by DAT to measure link
   quality.  For example, an attacker might inject packets pretending to
   be somebody else and using incorrect sequence numbers.  This attack
   can be prevented by the true originator of the [RFC5444] packets by
   adding an ICV Packet TLV and TIMESTAMP Packet TLV [RFC7182] to each
   packet.  This allows the receiver to drop all incoming packets that
   have a forged packet source, both packets generated by the attacker,
   or replayed packets.  However, the security mechanism described in
   [RFC7183] does not protect the sequence number used by the DAT metric
   because it only signs the [RFC5444] messages, not the [RFC5444]
   packet header (which contains the [RFC5444] packet sequence number).

12.  References

12.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC5444]  Clausen, T., Dearlove, C., Dean, J., and C. Adjih,
              "Generalized Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) Packet/Message
              Format", RFC 5444, DOI 10.17487/RFC5444, February 2009,

   [RFC5497]  Clausen, T. and C. Dearlove, "Representing Multi-Value
              Time in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)", RFC 5497,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5497, March 2009,

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   [RFC6130]  Clausen, T., Dearlove, C., and J. Dean, "Mobile Ad Hoc
              Network (MANET) Neighborhood Discovery Protocol (NHDP)",
              RFC 6130, DOI 10.17487/RFC6130, April 2011,

   [RFC7181]  Clausen, T., Dearlove, C., Jacquet, P., and U. Herberg,
              "The Optimized Link State Routing Protocol Version 2",
              RFC 7181, DOI 10.17487/RFC7181, April 2014,

12.2.  Informative References

   [RFC3626]  Clausen, T., Ed. and P. Jacquet, Ed., "Optimized Link
              State Routing Protocol (OLSR)", RFC 3626,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3626, October 2003,

   [RFC7182]  Herberg, U., Clausen, T., and C. Dearlove, "Integrity
              Check Value and Timestamp TLV Definitions for Mobile Ad
              Hoc Networks (MANETs)", RFC 7182, DOI 10.17487/RFC7182,
              April 2014, <>.

   [RFC7183]  Herberg, U., Dearlove, C., and T. Clausen, "Integrity
              Protection for the Neighborhood Discovery Protocol (NHDP)
              and Optimized Link State Routing Protocol Version 2
              (OLSRv2)", RFC 7183, DOI 10.17487/RFC7183, April 2014,

   [COMNET15] Barz, C., Fuchs, C., Kirchhoff, J., Niewiejska, J., and H.
              Rogge, "OLSRv2 for Community Networks: Using Directional
              Airtime Metric with external radios", Elsevier Computer
              Networks 2015, DOI 10.1016/j.comnet.2015.09.022, September
              2015, <>.

   [CONFINE]  "Community Networks Testbed for the Future Internet
              (CONFINE)", <>.

   [DLEP]     Ratliff, S., Berry, B., Jury, S., Satterwhite, D., and R.
              Taylor, "Dynamic Link Exchange Protocol (DLEP)", Work in
              Progress, draft-ietf-manet-dlep-22, April 2016.

   [BATMAN]   Neumann, A., Aichele, C., Lindner, M., and S. Wunderlich,
              "Better Approach To Mobile Ad-hoc Networking
              (B.A.T.M.A.N.)", Work in Progress, draft-wunderlich-
              openmesh-manet-routing-00, April 2008.

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              De Couto, D., Aguayo, D., Bicket, J., and R. Morris, "A
              High-Throughput Path Metric for Multi-Hop Wireless
              Routing", Proceedings of the MOBICOM Conference,
              DOI 10.1145/938985.939000, 2003.

              Draves, R., Padhye, J., and B. Zill, "Routing in Multi-
              Radio, Multi-Hop Wireless Mesh Networks", Proceedings of
              the MOBICOM Conference, DOI 10.1145/1023720.1023732, 2004.

   [] " Wiki", <>.

   [FREIFUNK] "Freifunk Wireless Community Networks",

              "Austria Wireless Community Network",

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Appendix A.  Future Work

   As the DAT metric proved to work reasonably well for non- or slow-
   moving ad hoc networks [COMNET15], it should be considered a solid
   first step on a way to better MANET metrics.  There are multiple
   parts of the DAT metric that need to be reviewed again in the context
   of real world deployments and can be subject to later improvements.

   The easiest part of the DAT metric to change and test would be the
   timings parameters.  A 1-minute interval for packet-loss statistics
   might be a good compromise for some MANETs, but could easily be too
   large or to small for others.  More data is needed to verify or
   improve the current parameter selection.

   The DAT metric considers only the multicast [RFC5444] packet loss for
   estimating the link, but it would be good to integrate the unicast
   data loss into the loss estimation.  This information could be
   provided directly from the link layer.  This could increase the
   accuracy of the loss rate estimation in scenarios where the
   assumptions regarding the ratio of multicast vs. unicast loss do not

   The packet-loss averaging algorithm could also be improved.  While
   the DAT metric provides a stable sliding time interval to average the
   incoming packet loss and does not give the recent input too much
   influence, first experiments suggest that the algorithm tends to be
   less agile in detecting major changes of link quality.  This makes it
   less suited for mobile networks.  A more agile algorithm is needed
   for detecting major changes while filtering out random fluctuations
   regarding frame loss.  However, the current "queue of counters"
   algorithm suggested for DAT outperforms the binary queue algorithm
   and the exponential aging algorithms used for the ETX metric in the
   OLSR [RFC3626] codebase of

Appendix B. Metric History

   The Funkfeuer [FUNKFEUER] and Freifunk networks [FREIFUNK] are based
   on OLSR [RFC3626] or B.A.T.M.A.N. [BATMAN] wireless community
   networks with hundreds of routers in permanent operation.  The Vienna
   Funkfeuer network in Austria, for instance, consists of 400 routers
   covering the whole city of Vienna and beyond, spanning roughly 40 km
   in diameter.  It has been supplying its users with Internet access
   since 2003.  A particularity of the Vienna Funkfeuer network is that
   it manages to provide Internet access through a city-wide, large-
   scale Wi-Fi MANET, with just a single Internet uplink.

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   Operational experience of the OLSR project [] with these
   networks has revealed that the use of hop-count as a routing metric
   leads to unsatisfactory network performance.  Experiments with the
   ETX metric [MOBICOM03] were therefore undertaken in parallel in the
   Berlin Freifunk network as well as in the Vienna Funkfeuer network in
   2004, and found satisfactory, i.e., sufficiently easy to implement
   and providing sufficiently good performance.  This metric has now
   been in operational use in these networks for several years.

   The ETX metric of a link is the estimated number of transmissions
   required to successfully send a packet (each packet equal to or
   smaller than MTU) over that link, until a link-layer acknowledgement
   is received.  The ETX metric is additive, i.e., the ETX metric of a
   path is the sum of the ETX metrics for each link on this path.

   While the ETX metric delivers a reasonable performance, it does not
   handle networks with heterogeneous links that have different bitrates
   well.  When using the ETX metric, since every wireless link is
   characterized only by its packet-loss ratio, long-ranged links with
   low bitrate (with low loss ratios) are preferred over short-ranged
   links with high bitrate (with higher but reasonable loss ratios).
   Such conditions, when they occur, can degrade the performance of a
   network considerably, by not taking advantage of higher capacity

   Because of this, the project has implemented the Directional
   Airtime metric for OLSRv2, which has been inspired by the Estimated
   Travel Time (ETT) metric [MOBICOM04].  This metric uses a
   unidirectional packet loss, but also takes the bitrate into account
   to create a more accurate description of the relative costs or
   capabilities of OLSRv2 links.

Appendix C.  Link-Speed Stabilization

   The DAT metric specifies how to generate a reasonably stable packet-
   loss rate value based on incoming packet reception/loss events, but
   the source of the link speed used in this document is considered an
   external process.

   In the presence of a Layer 2 technology with variable link speed, it
   is likely that the raw link speed will be fluctuating too fast to be
   useful for the DAT metric.

   The amount of stabilization necessary for the link speed depends on
   the implementation of the MAC layer, especially the rate-control

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   Experiments with the Linux 802.11 Wi-Fi stack have shown that a
   simple Median filter over a series of raw link-speed measurements can
   smooth the calculated value without introducing intermediate link-
   speed values one would obtain by using averaging or an exponential
   weighted moving average.

Appendix D.  Packet-Loss Hysteresis

   While the DAT metric uses a sliding window to compute a reasonably
   stable frame loss, the implementation might choose to integrate an
   additional hysteresis to prevent undesirable oscillations between two
   values (i.e., metric flapping).

   In Section 10.2, DAT calculates a fractional loss rate.  The fraction
   of "loss := sum_total / sum_received" may result in minor
   fluctuations in the advertised L_in_metric due to minimal changes in
   sum_total or sum_received, which can cause undesirable protocol

   A hysteresis function applied to the fraction could reduce the amount
   of changes in the loss rate and help to further stabilize the metric

Appendix E.  Example DAT Values

   The DAT metric value can be expressed in terms of link speed (bit/s)
   or used airtime (s).  When using the default protocol constants (see
   Section 6), DAT encodes link speeds between 119 bit/s and 2 Gbit/s.

   Table 2 contains a few examples for metric values and their meaning
   as a link speed:

                 |           Metric          |   bit/s   |
                 |     MINIMUM_METRIC (1)    |  2 Gbit/s |
                 |                           |           |
                 | MAXIMUM_METRIC (16776960) | 119 bit/s |
                 |                           |           |
                 |            2000           |  1 Mbit/s |

                      Table 2: DAT Link Cost Examples

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   A path metric value could also be expressed as a link speed, but this
   would be less intuitive.  An easier way to transform a path metric
   value into a textual representation is to divide it by the hop count
   of the path and express the path cost as the average link speed
   together with the hop count (see Table 3).

                    |  Metric | hops | average bit/s |
                    |    4    |  2   |    1 Gbit/s   |
                    |         |      |               |
                    | 4000000 |  6   |    3 kbit/s   |

                      Table 3: DAT Link Cost Examples


   The authors would like to acknowledge the network administrators from
   Freifunk Berlin [FREIFUNK] and Funkfeuer Vienna [FUNKFEUER] for
   endless hours of testing and suggestions to improve the quality of
   the original ETX metric for the routing daemon.

   This effort/activity is supported by the European Community Framework
   Program 7 within the Future Internet Research and Experimentation
   Initiative (FIRE), Community Networks Testbed for the Future Internet
   ([CONFINE]), contract FP7-288535.

   The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the following people
   for intense technical discussions, early reviews, and comments on the
   specification and its components (listed alphabetically): Teco Boot
   (Infinity Networks), Juliusz Chroboczek (PPS, University of Paris 7),
   Thomas Clausen, Christopher Dearlove (BAE Systems Advanced Technology
   Centre), Ulrich Herberg (Fujitsu Laboratories of America), Markus
   Kittenberger (Funkfeuer Vienna), Joseph Macker (Naval Research
   Laboratory), Fabian Nack (Freie Universitaet Berlin), and Stan
   Ratliff (Cisco Systems).

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Authors' Addresses

   Henning Rogge
   Fraunhofer FKIE


   Emmanuel Baccelli


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