2.6.8 Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (manet)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 77th IETF Meeting in Anaheim, California USA. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2009-04-22


Joseph Macker <macker@itd.nrl.navy.mil>
Ian Chakeres <ian.chakeres@gmail.com>

Routing Area Director(s):

Stewart Bryant <stbryant@cisco.com>
Adrian Farrel <adrian.farrel@huawei.com>

Routing Area Advisor:

Stewart Bryant <stbryant@cisco.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
Done  Revise WG documents and review
Done  Document initial implementation progress and experience Revise documents based upon implementation experience
Done  Submit initial WG ID on Neighborhood Discovery (NHDP)
Done  Submit PacketBB to IESG
Done  Submit initial WG ID on MIB for NHDP, DYMO, OLSRv2
Apr 2007  Submit NHDP to IESG
Apr 2007  Submit DYMO to IESG
Apr 2007  Submit OLSRv2 to IESG
Apr 2007  Submit SMF to IESG


  • draft-ietf-manet-dymo-19.txt
  • draft-ietf-manet-smf-10.txt
  • draft-ietf-manet-olsrv2-11.txt
  • draft-ietf-manet-nhdp-12.txt
  • draft-ietf-manet-nhdp-mib-03.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)
    RFC4728 E The Dynamic Source Routing Protocol (DSR) for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks for IPv4
    RFC5148 I Jitter considerations in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)
    RFC5444 PS Generalized Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) Packet/Message Format
    RFC5497 PS Representing Multi-Value Time in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)
    RFC5498 PS IANA Allocations for Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) Protocols

    Meeting Minutes


    MANET WG Status
    DYMO Status
    SMF IDv10 Status
    NHDP & OLSRv2 MIBs
    Security TLV
    NHDP & OLSRv2
    ETX with OLSRv2