Adding adaptability to mailbox-based mobile IP

Liang Zhang, Beihong Jin, Jiannong Cao

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Mobile IP is one of the dominating protocols that provide mobility support in the Internet. However, even with some proposed optimization techniques, there is still space for improving the performance. In this paper, we present a mailbox-based scheme to further improve the performance. In this scheme, each mobile node migrating to a foreign network is associated with a mailbox. A sender sends packets to the receiver's mailbox, which will in turn forward them to the receiver. During each handoff, a mobile node can decide whether to move its mailbox and report the handoff to the home agent, or simply to report the handoff to the mailbox. In this way, both the workload on the home agent and the registration delay can be reduced. Also, the scheme is adaptive. By applying the dynamic programming to compute the optimal mailbox's migration policy, the scheme can make the total cost minimized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbedded and Ubiquitous Computing - International Conference, EUC 2007, Proceedings
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
EventInternational Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2007 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 17 Dec 200720 Dec 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4808 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2007


  • Dynamic programming
  • Mailbox
  • Mobile computing
  • Mobile IP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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