2.6.7 Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (manet)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 64th IETF Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. It may now be out-of-date.
In addition to this official charter maintained by the IETF Secretariat, there is additional information about this working group on the Web at:

       Additional MANET Page

Last Modified: 2005-11-09


Joseph Macker <macker@itd.nrl.navy.mil>
Ian Chakeres <idc@cs.ucsb.edu>

Routing Area Director(s):

Bill Fenner <fenner@research.att.com>
Alex Zinin <zinin@psg.com>

Routing Area Advisor:

Alex Zinin <zinin@psg.com>

Mailing Lists:

General Discussion: manet@ietf.org
To Subscribe: manet-request@ietf.org
In Body: subscribe manet
Archive: http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/manet/index.html

Description of Working Group:

The purpose of the MANET working group is to standardize IP routing
protocol functionality suitable for wireless routing application within
both static and dynamic topologies with increased dynamics due to node
motion or other factors.

Approaches are intended to be relatively lightweight in nature,
for multiple hardware and wireless environments, and address scenarios
where MANETs are deployed at the edges of an IP infrastructure. Hybrid
mesh infrastructures (e.g., a mixture of fixed and mobile routers)
should also be supported by MANET specifications and management

Using mature components from previous work on experimental reactive and
proactive protocols, the WG will develop two Standards track routing
protocol specifications:

- Reactive MANET Protocol (RMP)
- Proactive MANET Protocol (PMP)

If significant commonality between RMRP and PMRP protocol modules is
observed, the WG may decide to go with a converged approach. Both IPv4
and IPv6 will be supported. Routing security requirements and issues
will also be addressed.

The MANET WG will also develop a scoped forwarding protocol that can
efficiently flood data packets to all participating MANET nodes. The
primary purpose of this mechanism is a simplified best effort multicast
forwarding function. The use of this protocol is intended to be applied
ONLY within MANET routing areas and the WG effort will be limited to
routing layer design issues.

The MANET WG will pay attention to the OSPF-MANET protocol work within
the OSPF WG and IRTF work that is addressing research topics related to
MANET environments.

Goals and Milestones:

Done  Post as an informational Internet-Drafts a discussion of mobile ad-hoc networking and issues.
Done  Agenda bashing, discussion of charter and of mobile ad hoc networking draft.
Done  Discuss proposed protocols and issues. Redefine charter.
Done  Publish Informational RFC on manet design considerations
Done  Review the WG Charter and update
Done  Submit AODV specification to IESG for publication as Experimental RFC
Done  Develop I-D for potential common manet encapsulation protocol approach
Done  Submit initial I-D(s) of candidate proposed routing protocols and design frameworks
Done  Promote implementation, revision, and testing of initial proposed I-D(s)
Done  Explore basic performance and implementation issues of initial approaches
Done  Explore proposed proactive protocol design commonalities
Done  Submit DSR specification to IESG for publication as Experimental RFC
Done  Submit OLSR specification to IESG for publication as Experimental RFC
Done  Submit TBRPF specification to IESG for publication as Experimental RFC
Done  Develop a further focused problem statement and address an approach for a common engineering work effort
Done  Reevaluate the WG's potential based on the problem statement consensus
Done  Submit initial ID of RMP for WG review
Done  Submit initial ID of PMP for WG review
Done  Submit inital ID of generalized MANET flooding approach
Jun 2005  Revise WG documents and review
Nov 2005  Document initial implementation progress and experience Revise documents based upon implementation experience
Feb 2006  Submit RMP specification and supporting documentation to IESG for publications as Proposed Standard
Feb 2006  Submit PMP specification and supporting documentation to IESG for publications as Proposed Standard
Feb 2006  Submit MANET flooding specification to IESG for publication as Experimental Standard
Mar 2006  Review and update milestones


  • draft-ietf-manet-dsr-10.txt
  • draft-ietf-manet-dymo-03.txt
  • draft-ietf-manet-smf-01.txt
  • draft-ietf-manet-olsrv2-00.txt

    Request For Comments:

    RFC2501 I Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET): Routing Protocol Performance Issues and Evaluation Considerations
    RFC3561 E Ad Hoc On Demand Distance Vector (AODV) Routing
    RFC3626 E Optimized Link State Routing Protocol
    RFC3684 E Topology Dissemination Based on Reverse-Path Forwarding (TBRPF)

    Current Meeting Report

    The agenda was bashed, speakers were encouraged to stated their name
    *MANET WG Status 
    IPR notice - see RFC 3979.
    Reactive, proactive and multicast forwarding drafts have all moved
    forward since Paris. 
    The MANET AUTOCONF WG has been chartered. The first charter item is a
    MANET architecture document.  The MANET WG probably has the best
    knowledge about this document.  Please signup for the AUTOCONF mailing
    list to participate.
    Please email - ian.chakeres at gmail.com - if you are actively
    reviewing, implementing, or testing MANET protocols.
    * DYMO Update
    Several minor changes to the DYMO draft were made between -02 and
    -03. Please see the slides and DYMO webpage
    (http://moment.cs.ucsb.edu/dymo) for more information.  Several other
    modifications are under discussion for DYMO-04, the proposed changes
    will appear on the list soon, or see DYMO Update presentation.
    A common packet format and message structure are under discussion for
    OLSRv2 and DYMO.  See the OLSRv2 ID for more information, as the
    common format is being drafted using this as its basis.
    Additional implementation experience is encouraged.  Please feedback
    to the list or authors.
    * OLSRv2 Update
    There were several modifications in the last OLSRv2
    revision. Discussions this week should result in a new OLSRv2 revision
    shortly after IETF 64. See the presentation for more specific past and
    future changes to OLSRv2.
    The OLSRv2 team is particularly interested in OLSRv2 extensions and
    optimizations.  Please contact the authors if your extensions, such as
    QoS or link quality, can not be support in OLSRv2. 
    * SMF Update
    The SMF document was rewritten and many sections previously noted as
    TBD were filled. Several components of the smurf draft were
    incorporated into the SMF draft.  There are still some issues in the
    draft, in particular the gateway section requires more review.
    NRL presented some results of their SMF implementation with several
    different relay set algorithms. In these early simulation results, the
    MPR and ECDS algorithms perform similarly for SMF purposes.
    There are two active IDs. Both approaches use a reduced relay set and
    topology reduction to efficiently distribute OSPF messages.  Results
    from a tech report were presented, the URL can be found in the
    slides. The code is available for download and evaluation. The
    discussion of OSPF-MANET protocols will move from the design team list
    to the OSPF list. Please subscribe if you are interested in following
    the discussion.
    * Open Microphone
    Someone questioned WG interest in forming a MANET IRTF group to look
    at MANET unchartered items (i.e. multicast, QoS, link metrics).  More
    than 50 percent of the audience was in favor of forming such a
    group. No one was against forming such a group. Someone proposed
    discussion with the IRTF routing area chair, since that group might
    accept research in MANET there.


    WG Update
    DYMO Update
    OLSRv2 Update
    SMF Update