Domain area planning utility (DAPU) for planning wireless battlefield networks

Mariusz A. Fecko, John Unger, Sunil Samtani, Douglas Davey, Andrzej Cichocki, Bill Biagini, Paul Rego, Rick Stewart, Aristides Staikos

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We describe the key design concepts of Domain Area Planning Utility (DAPU) developed by the PILSNER program to perform high-speed automated planning of Future Battlefield Networks (FBNs). DAPU processes multiple inputs from Resource Planning such as nodes and their trajectories, planned ground- and air-tier nets, Unit Task Organization (UTO) relationships, and typical communication requirements. It then considers multiple metrics and constraints in planning both radio topology and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing hierarchy. DAPU automatically creates and evaluates multiple intermediate solutions as well as builds the final plan for the entire mission within a few minutes for a 328-node network (data based on the government-supplied Attica scenario). The planner can use the plan as an input to the generation of communication goals, which are policy directives how to form the network and which are downloaded to network nodes prior to deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMILCOM 2009 - 2009 IEEE Military Communications Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2009 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 18 Oct 200921 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


Conference2009 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


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