Implementation of a multi-modal acoustic-optical underwater network protocol stack

Filippo Campagnaro, Federico Guerra, Paolo Casari, Roee Diamant, Michele Zorzi

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We describe the implementation of a protocol stack for multi-modal underwater networks, where multiple physical layer technologies are available to each node. This condition implies greater flexibility, by allowing each node to decide how to serve specific transmissions and traffic classes depending on system, quality-of-service, and application-specific policies implemented in a controller. In this paper, we describe the implementation details of an acoustic/optical multi-modal underwater network stack through the DESERT Underwater framework. Our system services various traffic types with different quality-of-service demands, and allows mobility. Extensive numerical results show that our multi-modal system offers greater throughput, robustness to mobility and traffic types, and much lower service delay.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2016 - Shanghai
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467397247
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2016
EventOCEANS 2016 - Shanghai - Shanghai, China
Duration: 10 Apr 201613 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameOCEANS 2016 - Shanghai


ConferenceOCEANS 2016 - Shanghai

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 IEEE.


  • DESERT Underwater
  • Underwater networks
  • mobility
  • multi-modal acoustic/optical communications
  • multihop routing
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Automotive Engineering


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