RPL, pronounced Ripple is an IETF protocol that provides connectivity among nodes that can not all hear each other, but rather have to form a multihop mesh-like network. The name comes a Grateful Dead Song.
Words by the Grateful Dead:
if my words did glow With the gold of sunshine and my tunes were played on the harp unstrung would you hear my voice come through the music would you hold it near as it were your own its a hand me down the thoughts are broken perhaps they're better left unsung ripple, in still water where there is no pebble tossed nor wind to blow. reach out your hand, if your cup is empty if your cup is full, may be be again.
Unlike other mesh efforts, this all happens at layer-3, in IPv6 ICMP messages (originally, was going to be in Router Solicitation/ND messages).
This set of programs, plus a test bed/simulation system is a set of tools that runs under the Linux kernel: - on netbooks, - laptops, and - on phones like the Google Android, Raspberry PI, OpenWRT, etc..
Programs include: sunshine - run this on root/grounded server to announce routes and on any other well provisioned machines.
glow - run this on very underpowered machines that just need enough to join the DAG [PLANNED] pebble - insert DIO messages into the network, run from the command line [currently: senddao, senddio] blow - cmd line utility to control sunshine and glow. [PLANNED]
Web site: http://unstrung.sandelman.ca/
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See packaging/openwrt/OPENWRT.md for help on building for OpenWRT CC+.
====== Testing environment
This is based upon the UML-Network Testing Infrastructure (UNTI... pronounced like the british "aUNTIe") UML is UserModeLinux -- a completely paravirtualized virtualization technnology from the turn of the century.
The UMLroot image that goes with it can not be created as stock wheezy "debootstrap" image. An image that works can be found at: http://junk.sandelman.ca/umlroot/umlroot-38.tgz
In addition, there are extensive unit tests, which are invokved by "make unitcheck", and which run on travis-ci.org, see: https://travis-ci.org/mcr/unstrung/
Michael Richardson email@example.com, Ottawa, Ontario, October 2009-2015.