MANET Design Assistant Tool (MDAT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-07-C-P005
Agency Tracking Number: A062-131-1911
Amount: $68,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-131
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
9971 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: 052062833
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Deborah Charan
 Sr. R&D Engineer
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Title: Kenneth J. Thurber
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Research Institution
To optimize the effective performance of a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) for a mission, i.e., its mission performance effectiveness (MPE), a network planner has to make a judicious selection of several network design parameters. This task is well beyond the capability of even a subject matter expert in network protocols. What is needed therefore is an automated tool that will assist the network planner in selecting the values of the MANET design parameters that will optimize the MPE of the network for a specified mission environment. Since no such tool currently exists, a network planner typically employs an ad hoc design methodology relying on the use of default values for protocol parameters. This often results in poor performance of the MANET. To address this capability gap in MANET design tools, this SBIR effort will develop the MANET Design Assistant Tool (MDAT) that will enable a network planner to arrive at a performance optimal design of a MANET for a specified mission operating environment. The Phase I effort will establish the implementation feasibility of MDAT. A pre-production prototype of the tool will be built in a follow-on Phase II effort.

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