Kortuem, Gerd and Schneider, Jay and Preuitt, Dustin and Thompson, Thaddeus G. C. and Fickas, Stephen and Segall, Zary (2001) When Peer-to-Peer comes Face-to-Face: Collaborative Peer-to-Peer Computing in Mobile Ad hoc Networks. In: P2P '01: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing (P2P'01), 1900-01-01.
This paper motivates and describes the notion of mobile ad hoc information systems. Such a system consists of a decentralized and self-organizing network of autonomous, mobile devices that interact as peers. Connectivity is determined by distance between devices; as hosts change their physical location they establish pair-wise communication links based on mutual proximity. We describe application scenarios for mobile ad hoc information systems and identify technical challenges of a generic software infrastructure. Moreover, we present the goals and architecture of Proem, a peer-to-peer system and development platform for mobile ad hoc applications. Proem has successfully been used as instructional tool in an advanced software engineering course on peer-to-peer computing.
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