Effective Communication in Schools of Submersibles
Oceans '06, Singapore
Felix Schill & Uwe R. Zimmer
Effective communication mechanisms in schools of submersibles are a key requirement for their meaningful deployment. Furthermore a fully distributed communication schema is preferable for reasons of reliability. The required communication form is usually many-to-many, especially omnicast  (or "gossiping"). All these constraints are hard to achieve at the same time in a low-bandwidth, short range communication setup. The theoretical findings in  and  are expanded and employed for the actual underwater schools communication in the Serafina project (e.g. , ). The results are reported here.
Short range, long-wave radio and optical communication links are deployed to build up and maintain a dynamical communication schedule which allows for a highly efficient exchange of all locally sampled information to all members of the school.
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