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 Article in a 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
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Internet address


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

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