Access and Mobility of Wireless PDA Users

Marvin McNett and Geoffrey M. Voelker
February 9, 2004

In this paper, we analyze the mobility patterns of users of wireless handheld PDAs in a campus wireless network using an 11 week trace of wireless network activity. Our study has three goals. First, we characterize the high-level mobility and access patterns of handheld PDA users and compare these characteristics to previous workload mobility studies focused on laptop users. Second, we develop two wireless network topology models for use in wireless mobility studies: an "evolutionary topology model" based on user proximity and a "campus waypoint" model that serves as a trace-based complement to the random waypoint model. Finally, we use our wireless network topology models as a case study to evaluate ad-hoc routing algorithms on the network topologies created by the access and mobility patterns of users of modern wireless PDAs.

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