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Marius Meyer, "Basic Network Layer Functionalities for VCP," Bachelor Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Paderborn, May 2016. (Advisors: Falko Dressler and Johannes Blobel)


In the context of the Dynamic Adaptable Applications for Bats Tracking by Embedded Communicating Systems (BATS) project a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is used to study the behavior of bats in their natural environment. For this purpose, the Virtual Cord Protocol (VCP) was chosen and implemented as the used network protocol because of its high stability and robustness. VCP stands out due to its simple possibility of routing and storing data distributed in the network. These network features are not sufficient for the BATS project because another task of the network should be to deliver system updates or other large files to destination nodes in the network. By sending huge amounts of data through the network, this data is more likely to be affected by data corruption or even data loss. Furthermore, the data might be too big for a single frame and needs to be segmented. So it is necessary to introduce a transport layer for VCP that takes care of the correct transmission of that data. The goal of this thesis is to implement such a transport protocol for VCP similar to the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) in the Internet. This protocol has to support features like reliability, flow control as well as error detection and fit the requirements of a wireless network. Different services running on nodes in the network have to be able to be addressed by other services and connection based data transfer has to be possible.

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    author = {Meyer, Marius},
    advisor = {Dressler, Falko and Blobel, Johannes},
    title = {{Basic Network Layer Functionalities for VCP}},
    institution = {Department of Computer Science},
    year = {2016},
    month = {May},
    school = {University of Paderborn},
    type = {Bachelor Thesis},

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