[Ndn-interest] Broadcast message

Lixia Zhang lixia at cs.ucla.edu
Fri Apr 7 20:28:37 PDT 2017

> On Apr 7, 2017, at 3:33 PM, Junxiao Shi <shijunxiao at email.arizona.edu> wrote:
> Hi Ahed
>> In a network scenario where every node is equipped with IEEE 802.15.4-based NDN:
>> 1 - Is it possible to send a broadcast message (to send command or to advertise a service) to all the neighbor nodes.
> Yes, 802.15.4 MAC supports broadcast addressing. NDN packets can be transmitted over broadcast channel.
>> 2-  How can I get information on how to structure a broadcast message.
> The main concern is that 802.15.4’s MTU is 127 octets. You may send regular Interests with NDNLPv2 fragmentation and reassembly, but each Interest would use many lower layer frames.

Not necessarily, right?  It depends on the size of Interest packets. 
An Interest packet does not have to be more than 100 bytes, especially if one does not use ascii-encoded names.

>> 3- I have also read about "extensible command markers" of CCNx which might use "%C1.M.S.neighborhood" to broadcast a message/invoke services (correct me if I am wrong), does NDN has similar extension, and how to do it (a reference or example should help).
> The NDN equivalent of “extensible command markers” is MarkedComponent <https://redmine.named-data.net/issues/2012>. It’s not yet approved and not implemented.

Please let me make a modification to the above statement. 

1/ marked components are used all the time.  the real questions are how to identify the right types of name components, how many types would be needed

2/ at the moment, all the NDN apps at this time use a name component as a type marker, this offers apps flexibility to define their own marked types, though a less efficient encoding than marked component.

3/ my understanding of our current thinking is that we do plan to define marked name component once recurring marked components are identified.


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