Carver: Efficient Realtime MANET Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4264
Amount: $728,836.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-040
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
9977 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, -
DUNS: 052062833
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ryan Hagelstrom
 Sr. Research Engineer
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Title: President
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Research Institution
There is currently no commercial-off-the-shelf network-management tool optimized for mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). As a result, MANET administrators are forced to use wired-network management tools that perform badly in the MANET environment. Carver is a MANET management tool comprised of distributed data-collection agents and one or more visualization stations. The data-collection agents logically carve the larger MANET into a set of neighborhoods where local management data is aggregated and subsequently forwarded to the visualization station. Armed with MANET situational awareness provided by Carver, network administrators can make informed decisions about node repositioning and reallocation in order to increase MANET fault tolerance, throughput, and quality of service. The Phase II objective is to implement a TRL 6 prototype of the Carver software that reduces MANET-wide management overhead (in terms of transmitted packets) by 40% of that required for a traditional wired-network management approach.

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