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Book on Opportunistic Mobile Networks

Opportunistic Mobile Networks: Advances and Applications is our forthcoming book to be published by Springer in 2016. This book is a result of our years of experience in research and development in this domain. #TheOMNBook, if you may say, deals with fundamental challenges in OMNs as well as contemporary research issues. These include, but not limited to, routing, mobility, cooperation, heterogeneity, and emotions. An entire chapter is dedicated to protocol development and testing using the ONE simulator.

#TheOMNBook is shaped in a way to cater both beginning and advanced level readers. Contextual examples are provided to ensure better understanding of related topics. The chapters come with plenty of hands-on exercises. Several illustrations and other visual elements are used to make reading the book a pleasant experience. Whether you are a seasoned researcher looking for novel cross-dimensional ideas or a beginner to this field, give #TheOMNBook a try!

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  1. how can I select a specified source and destination node?


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