Experimental Evaluation of Group Communications Protocols for Tactical Data Dissemination

Niranjan Suri, Roberto Fronteddu, Eelco Cramer, Maggie Breedy, Kelvin Marcus, Ronald In T. Velt, Jan Nilsson, Mattia Mantovani, Lorenzo Campioni, Filippo Poltronieri, Giacomo Benincasa, Blake Ordway, Markus Peuhkuri, Mathias Rautenberg

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    Network-centric warfare depends on the timely dissemination of battlefield information for Situation Awareness (SA) and Command and Control (C2). A significant percentage of SA and C2 data is sent to multiple recipients at the same time, which naturally calls for group communication protocols for efficient dissemination. Several variations of group communication protocols have been developed, including multicast-based and message bus-based approaches. However, a natural question arises about the suitability and performance of these protocols when deployed on tactical edge networks. These networks are typically wireless and characterized as Disrupted, Intermittent, and, Limited (DIL), with frequent disconnections and dynamic topologies. Constraints on bandwidth and variable latencies also complicate the environment. To answer the above question, we evaluate a number of group communications protocols in a realistic emulated tactical networking environment using the Anglova scenario. This paper presents results obtained from running different protocols in an experiment involving the dissemination of blue-force data for SA, with the objective of identifying advantages and disadvantages of different available solutions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2018
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538671856
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
    EventIEEE Military Communications Conference - LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, United States
    Duration: 29 Oct 201831 Oct 2018

    Publication series

    NameIEEE Military Communications Conference proceedings
    ISSN (Electronic)2155-7586


    ConferenceIEEE Military Communications Conference
    Abbreviated titleMILCOM
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLos Angeles
    Internet address


    • Data Dissemination
    • Emulation
    • Experimentation
    • Message Bus
    • Multicast
    • Tactical Networks


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