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Issue No. 01 - Feb. (2018 vol. 26)
ISSN: 1063-6692
pp: 17-30
Falko Dressler , Department of Computer Science, Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany
Florian Klingler , Department of Computer Science, Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany
Christoph Sommer , Department of Computer Science, Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany
Reuven Cohen , Department of Computer Science, Technion, Haifa, Israel
A major building block of Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (VANETs) is broadcasting: the use of wireless communication for sharing information among vehicles, or between the vehicles and infrastructure. Dozens of broadcast protocols have been developed in recent years, including protocols for 1-hop broadcasting of vehicle status information (beaconing) and for geocasting-based applications. However, most of these protocols were designed for one application and cannot co-exist, nor can one broadcast solution meet the demands of all applications. These observations motivated our effort to develop a holistic network layer for VANETs. We identify the need for making VANET broadcast context-aware, and for supporting four different classes of broadcast protocols, each with its own properties. These classes are not only able to co-exist on the same network layer, but also to complement one another’s functionality. Thus, large applications as well as more holistic Transport protocols can be designed by combining two or more broadcast classes. We discuss the specific characteristics of these classes and design candidate protocols for each class.
Protocols, Vehicular ad hoc networks, Reliability, Broadcasting, Wireless communication, Safety, IEEE transactions

F. Dressler, F. Klingler, C. Sommer and R. Cohen, "Not All VANET Broadcasts Are the Same: Context-Aware Class Based Broadcast," in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 17-30, 2018.
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