Extending the OSI model for wireless battlefield networks: a design approach to the 8th Layer for tactical hyper-nodes
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In this paper, we introduce the architecture and functionality of a new 8th layer that extends the well known 7-layer OSI model to implement adaptive networking by giving every critical node of a C4I network its own specialized Network Operation Centre (NOC) capability. We call these ‘intelligent nodes’ that adapt their behavior and organization through incorporation of these 8th layer hyper-nodes. The hyper-nodes achieve goal-seeking behavior by satisfying Service Level Agreement constraints; they achieve sensing by way of polling SNMP MIB data describing overall NOC status; they capture experience through a memory mechanism for learned network management actions.