Ad Hoc Networking via Named Data

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The design of the Internet protocol stack, with IP at the waist of the hourglass, mandates that packet delivery is governed by the destination IP address. This design has enabled explosive growth of the wired Internet, but faces two basic issues when applied to mobile environments. First, many mobile networks, such as mobile ad-hoc networks, are infrastructure-free, while Internet protocols are generally built with infrastructure support in mind (e.g., DHCP servers to handle IP address assignments).
Second, node mobility introduces a high degree of dynamics in node interconnectivity, which defeats conventional routing protocols, originally designed for wired networks.
In this paper, we argue that mobile networks can be made more effective and efficient through Named Data Networking (NDN) (aka CCN).