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A Critical Evaluation of the ''IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks'' (RPL)

Thomas Heide Clausen 1, 2 Ulrich Herberg 2 Matthias Philipp 2
1 HIPERCOM - High performance communication
Inria Paris-Rocquencourt, UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11, Inria Saclay - Ile de France, X - École polytechnique, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR
Abstract : With RPL -- the proposed ''IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low-power Lossy Networks'' -- emerging as a Proposed Standard ''Request For Comment'' (RFC) in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) after a ~2-year development cycle, this \articleformat presents a critical evaluation of the resulting protocol and its applicability and limits. The \articleformat presents a selection of observations of the protocol characteristics, exposes experiences acquired when producing a prototype implementation of RPL, and presents results obtained from testing this protocol -- both in a network simulator, and in real-world experiments on a wireless sensor network testbed. The memorandum aims at providing a better understanding of possible weaknesses and limits of RPL, notably the possible directions that further protocol developments should explore, in order to address these.
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Thomas Heide Clausen, Ulrich Herberg, Matthias Philipp. A Critical Evaluation of the ''IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks'' (RPL). [Research Report] RR-7633, INRIA. 2011. ⟨inria-00597036⟩

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