Moving data in DTNs with HTTP and MIME

  • Lloyd Wood, Peter Holliday, Daniel Floreani, Ioannis Psaras
  • October 2009, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • DOI: 10.1109/icumt.2009.5345656

What is it about?

Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) provide a simple way to describe the type of data sent and its use. Email and the web use MIME extensively to carry different files. The Hypertext Transfer protocol (HTTP) is universally recognized as a straightforward method to carry MIME objects as binary streams. Taking MIME and HTTP as a starting point, and adopting the well-understood need for different ‘convergence layers’ to carry HTTP in different challenged environments where TCP may not be suitable, this paper outlines work in progress to run HTTP over different transports, and how this can be used to create a simple, yet powerful, approach to relaying content in delay- and disruption-tolerant networks (DTNs).


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