Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Mishra Shivakant

Second Advisor

Qin Lv

Third Advisor

Kenneth M. Anderson

Abstract

Mobile phones are increasingly equipped with features that allow them to self-generate digital content, and they possess larger storage capacity. With the increased trend of information sharing, promoted by web2.0 applications and the success of peer-to-peer in the wired world, the ability for users to share content on their mobile devices is engaging. Most mobile content sharing solutions work over infrastructure-based networks, such as the internet or the mobile phone network. However, network connectivity is not always available or, at least, affordable. On the other hand, the proliferation of feature-rich mobile devices implies that a mass of digital content can be found nearby. In this context, mobile content sharing applications tailored to ad hoc networks may come in handy for impromptu and ubiquitous sharing. This work studies the feasibility of such solutions through a practical approach, consisting of developing a prototype application. After extensive performance evaluation, it is concluded that ad-hoc-based content sharing is efficiently possible on mobile devices.

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