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B-DTN7: Browser-based Disruption-tolerant Networking via Bundle Protocol 7

Baumgärtner, Lars and Höchst, Jonas and Meuser, Tobias (2019):
B-DTN7: Browser-based Disruption-tolerant Networking via Bundle Protocol 7.
In: 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'19), Paris, France, 18.-20.12.2019, [Online-Edition: https://ict-dm2019.esiee.fr/program.html],
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Abstract

During and after the event of a crisis, means of communication are vital for civilians and professional responders alike. In particular, technologies such as disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) can play a key role to distribute data even under challenging network conditions. Such networks benefit from an increased number of mobile participants, since they help distribute messages to remote places. Unfortunately, it is unrealistic to assume that smartphone vendors will ship the necessary software or users will be prepared with the needed apps installed before the crisis happens. Currently, smartphone apps usually need Internet connections to be installed from an app store and/or are very platform specific, i.e., there is no general device-to-device app distribution. We present a novel solution to let any user with a web browser persistently participate in a DTN network. By leveraging a newly written Bundle Protocol 7 draft implementation in the programming language Rust and deploying to WebAssembly, we provide a secure and efficient way for backend and frontend DTN networks. The presented solution incorporates classic DTN daemons and access points for web app distribution and bundle synchronisation. Through benchmarks we show the efficient processing of bundles and the feasibility of bundle handling in browsers. All code is available as open-source under a permissive license.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2019
Creators: Baumgärtner, Lars and Höchst, Jonas and Meuser, Tobias
Title: B-DTN7: Browser-based Disruption-tolerant Networking via Bundle Protocol 7
Language: English
Abstract:

During and after the event of a crisis, means of communication are vital for civilians and professional responders alike. In particular, technologies such as disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) can play a key role to distribute data even under challenging network conditions. Such networks benefit from an increased number of mobile participants, since they help distribute messages to remote places. Unfortunately, it is unrealistic to assume that smartphone vendors will ship the necessary software or users will be prepared with the needed apps installed before the crisis happens. Currently, smartphone apps usually need Internet connections to be installed from an app store and/or are very platform specific, i.e., there is no general device-to-device app distribution. We present a novel solution to let any user with a web browser persistently participate in a DTN network. By leveraging a newly written Bundle Protocol 7 draft implementation in the programming language Rust and deploying to WebAssembly, we provide a secure and efficient way for backend and frontend DTN networks. The presented solution incorporates classic DTN daemons and access points for web app distribution and bundle synchronisation. Through benchmarks we show the efficient processing of bundles and the feasibility of bundle handling in browsers. All code is available as open-source under a permissive license.

Uncontrolled Keywords: DTN; wasm; emergency communication
Divisions: 18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology > Institute of Computer Engineering
18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology > Institute of Computer Engineering > Multimedia Communications
20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Software Technology
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio)
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > A: Construction Methodology
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > A: Construction Methodology > Subproject A3: Migration
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > B: Adaptation Mechanisms
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > B: Adaptation Mechanisms > Subpproject B1: Monitoring and Analysis
Event Title: 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'19)
Event Location: Paris, France
Event Dates: 18.-20.12.2019
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 08:29
Official URL: https://ict-dm2019.esiee.fr/program.html
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