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Performance Analysis of a Highly Available Home Agent in Mobile Networks

Abdelgadir Tageldin Abdelgadir1, Mohiuddin Ahmed2, Al-Sakib Khan Pathan3, Mohd Ariff Abdullah1 and Shariq Haseeb1
  • 1 Communication Networks and Solutions Lab, Wireless Communication Cluster, MIMOS Berhad, Technology Park Malaysia, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2 Department of Information Systems, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
  • 3 Department of Computer Science, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Problem statement: Network Mobility as a service is provided by the NEMO protocol in IPv6 environments. NEMO is an extension to MIPv6 and thus inherits the same reliability problems of MIPv6. MIPv6 is not reliable because the Home Agent (HA) is a single point of failure. In order to provide real-time services for MIPv6 networks, reliability should be considered as part of any high availability solution used to deploy Mobile IPv6 networks. Approach: Many approaches have been taken to solve the problem of HA as a single point of failure. In our proposed solution, failure detection and recovery is handled by the home agent. Therefore, recovery is transparent to the mobile network. Results: In this study we opted for using HA redundancy to provide a highly available home agent solution which achieves recovery times suitable for real-time applications. Conclusion: The results show that achieving high availability in IPv6 based mobile networks which support NEMO is possible.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 8 No. 12, 2011, 1388-1397


Submitted On: 24 November 2010 Published On: 27 October 2011

How to Cite: Abdelgadir, A. T., Ahmed, M., Pathan, A. K., Abdullah, M. A. & Haseeb, S. (2011). Performance Analysis of a Highly Available Home Agent in Mobile Networks. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 8(12), 1388-1397.

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  • Home agent
  • real time
  • high availability
  • Network Mobility Basic Support (NEMO)
  • MIPv6
  • Dynamic Home Agent Address Discovery (DHAAD)
  • Virtual Home Agent Reliability Protocol (VHARP)
  • Operating System (OS)