Open Access

A socially-driven topology improvement framework with applications in content distribution and trust management

Journal of Internet Services and Applications20112:24

DOI: 10.1007/s13174-011-0024-0

Received: 8 February 2011

Accepted: 18 May 2011

Published: 22 June 2011


Contemporary networking infrastructures are required to be capable of adapting to the increasing trends of user demands, as well as the impairments of their operational environment. In this work, by exploiting the power varying capabilities of multihop wireless networks and inspired by social structures of the higher protocol layers, we develop a distributed and dynamic physical topology modification framework for weighted and directed multihop networks. The operational robustness and effectiveness of the proposed framework is demonstrated in two highly popular application areas, namely QoS-oriented content distribution and trust management in wireless multihop networks. We focus on the emerging trade-offs of topology modification, and through analysis and simulation, we demonstrate how social features can be used in improving the physical network topology and corresponding performance.


Wireless multihop networks Evolutionary modification framework Small-world phenomenon Topology control Trust management Content distribution