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E. Biondi, C. Boldrini, A. Passarella, M. Conti: "Optimal energy vs. delay trade off in opportunistic networks", IIT-CNR 2015, Technical Report IIT TR-13-2015, October 2015. In fase di sottomissione a IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

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Opportunistic communications have been recently proposed as a key strategy for offloading traffic from 3G/4G cellular networks, which is particularly beneficial in case of crowded areas where many users are interested in similar contents. To conserve energy, duty cycling schemes are typically applied, and therefore contacts between nodes may become intermittent and sporadic also in dense networks. It is thus of paramount importance to accurately tune the duty cycling policy in order to meet energy requirements without compromising the quality of communications. In this paper, building upon a model of duty cycling in opportunistic networks that we have validated in a previous work, we study how to optimise the value of the duty cycle in order to provide probabilistic guarantees on the delay experienced by messages. More specifically, for a broad range of end-to-end delay distributions, and for the most relevant cases of inter-contact times distributions found in real traces, we provide closed-form approximated solutions for deriving the optimal duty cycle such that the probability that the delay is smaller than a target value z is greater than or equal to a configurable probability p.

Keywords: {mobile ad-hoc networks, opportunistic networks, duty cycling, intercontact times}