The ubiquity and flexibility of wireless access to the Internet played a very significant role in the tremendous growth in mobile devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs, and laptops over the past years.
Science has historically taken an analytical approach to studying the world and nature, breaking them down into their constituent parts and studying each part separately. The aim has been to derive the properties of the whole from the properties of its parts.
The network infrastructure of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) undergoes constant evolution. Whenever new requirements arise (e.g., the deployment of a new Point of Presence, or a change in the business relationships with a neighboring ISP), operators need to change the configuration of the network. Maintaining service availability during reconfigurations that involve the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a challenge for network operators. This is due both to the complexity of BGP, which is the protocol most commonly used by ISPs to make core routing decisions on the Internet, and to the lack of methodologies and tools adequate to the task.
The CARMEN project will allow the provision of carrier-grade services over wireless mesh networks comprised of heterogenous radio technologies, meaning more available, easier-to-deploy services at lower cost.