LINA: A new approach to mobility support in wide area networks

Masahiro Ishiyama, Mitsunobu Kunishi, Keisuke Uehara, Hiroshi Esaki, Fumio Teraoka

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This paper presents a new network architecture called LINA that provides node mobility. The basic concept of LINA is separation of the node identifier and the interface locator. Although there are several protocols based on such a concept, they do not address issues that arise when dealing with an entire network architecture. LINA is a holistic architecture covering the network layer to the application layer in order to support node mobility. Overhead incurred by separation of the node identifier and the interface locator is minimized in LINA by introducing the embedded addressing model. This paper also presents a new protocol called LIN6 that supports IPv6 mobility. LIN6 is an application of LINA to IPv6 and is fully compatible with IPv6. It has several advantages in comparison to Mobile IPv6, e.g. less protocol overhead. Our prototype implementation of LIN6 shows minimal overhead compared to a conventional IPv6 implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2076-2086
Number of pages11
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Aug


  • IPv6
  • Mobile computing
  • Network architecture
  • Network protocol
  • Node mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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