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Inter-subnet localized mobility support for host identity protocol

Muhana Muslam*, H Anthony Chan and Neco Ventura

Author Affiliations

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2011, 2011:55  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2011-55

Published: 4 August 2011

Abstract

Host identity protocol (HIP) has security support to enable secured mobility and multihoming, both of which are essential for future Internet applications. Compared to end host mobility and multihoming with HIP, existing HIP-based micro-mobility solutions have optimized handover performance by reducing location update delay. However, all these mobility solutions are client-based mobility solutions. We observe that another fundamental issue with end host mobility and multihoming extension for HIP and HIP-based micro-mobility solutions is that handover delay can be excessive unless the support for network-based micro-mobility is strengthened. In this study, we co-locate a new functional entity, subnet-rendezvous server, at the access routers to provide mobility to HIP host. We present the architectural elements of the framework and show through discussion and simulation results that our proposed scheme has achieved negligible handover latency and little packet loss.

Keywords:
HIP; mobility; micro-mobility