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Experimental Evaluation of TCP-Based DTN for Cislunar Communications in Presence of Long Link Disruption

  • Ruhai Wang1, 2Email author,
  • Xuan Wu2,
  • Qinyu Zhang3,
  • Tarik Taleb4,
  • Zhensheng Zhang5 and
  • Jia Hou1
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20102011:720671

Received: 2 May 2010

Accepted: 4 September 2010

Published: 19 September 2010


Delay/disruption tolerant networking (DTN) technology is considered a new solution to highly stressed communications in space environments. To date, little work has been done in evaluating the effectiveness and performance of the available DTN protocols when they are applied to an interplanetary Internet, especially in presence of a long link disruption. In this paper, we present an experimental investigation of the DTN architecture with a Bundle Protocol (BP) running over TCP-based convergence layer (TCPCL) protocol in a simulated cislunar communication environment characterized by a long link disruption. The intent of this work is to investigate the effectiveness of the TCPCL-based DTN protocol in coping with long link disruptions, through realistic file transfer experiments using a PC-based test-bed. The experiment results show that the DTN protocol is effective in handling a long link disruption experienced in data transmission accompanied by a cislunar link delay and a high BER. The performance of the DTN is most adversely affected by link disruption time in comparison to the effect of link delay and BER. For the transmissions with a very long link disruption of hours, the variations in goodput are nominal with respect to the change in cislunar link delay.


Information SystemExperimental InvestigationExperimental EvaluationData TransmissionSystem Application

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Authors’ Affiliations

School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering, Lamar University, Beaumont, USA
Department of Electronics and Information Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China
NEC Laboratories Europe, NEC Europe Ltd., Heidelberg, Germany
Network Systems, Argon ST, San Diego, USA


© Ruhai Wang et al. 2011

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