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Title: Distributed and dynamic mobility management in mobile Internet: Current approaches and issues
Author(s): Chan, Anthony Hing-Hung 
Author(s): Yokota, H.
Xie, J.
Seite, P.
Liu, D.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Academy Publisher
Journal: Journal of Communications 
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Start page: 4
End page: 15
Cellular networks have been hierarchical so that mobility management have primarily been deployed in a centralized architecture. More flattened network architecture for the mobile Internet is anticipated to meet the needs of rapidly increasing traffic from the mobile users and to reduce cost in the core network. Distributing the mobility management functions as opposed to centralizing them at the root of the network hierarchy is more compatible with a flat network architecture. Mobility management may be distributed at different levels: core level, access router level, access level, and host level. It may also be partially distributed or fully distributed. A distributed mobility management architecture avoids unnecessarily long routes, is more scalable with the increasing number of mobile users, and is a convenient platform for dynamic mobility management which means providing mobility support to mobile users only when they need the support. Dynamic mobility management can avoid waste of resources and also reduce signaling overhead and network cost. The desired distributed and dynamic mobility management needs to solve existing problems, meet the needs of changes in traffic and network architecture, and be simple and inexpensive to deploy. This paper surveys existing mobility management solutions in mobile Internet, explains the limitations of a centralized mobility management approach, and discusses potential approaches of distributing mobility management functions. The issues and challenges in the design of distributed and dynamic mobility management are also described.
DOI: 10.4304/jcm.6.1.4-15
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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