MObile Handsets In Cooperative Agents Network
Mohican is funded by EPSRC as part of the Programmable Networks initiative; the project is in collaboration with Rural Radio Systems, a University spin-off company. The purpose of the project is to investigate how complex agent interaction protocols can be used to provide high-level network services such as resource allocation, diagnostics and mobile users tracking. We are studying two different approaches: on the one hand, we are looking at market-based approaches and see how they can be made scalable; on the other hand, we are
investigating the use of cooperative techniques, where all nodes in the network work together to achieve an overall functionality. The former is known to allocate resources effectively, but its scalability needs to be investigated, whereas the latter seems to offer redundancy, and can potentially become fault tolerant. In both cases, our study requires defining protocols, the strategy of the different
nodes, and simulation of the system to understand its behaviour.