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The concept of a Mobile Ad hoc Network was initially inspired during the 1980s by the Packet Radio Networks program of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the same organization that funded the invention and creation of the Internet (originally called ARPANET). At this time the military formulated a vision of a network that would allow personnel to operate on the move in any location in the world, without relying on a fixed infrastructure. Today the military continues to fund research with the goal of achieving scalable, mobile, multi-hop, wireless, any-to-any communication.

Wave Relay® is the first product able to fulfill the military’s vision. Our success is the result of an algorithmic solution to the well-known but extremely difficult problem of creating scalable routing in a large peer-to-peer MANET.

Extensively investigated for years not only by the military but also in the academic and commercial worlds, the problem has been without a clear solution until now. Rapidly fluctuating channel conditions, number of links that scale with the square of nodes in the system, and a limited capacity shared medium create an inherently challenging algorithmic problem.

The Persistent Systems, LLC founders pioneered the initial R&D into high throughput routing in early 2002 and have been continuously working to ensure that data moves through the wireless network efficiently. While competing approaches have attempted to avoid the routing scalability problem by simply providing multi-hop routing to a fixed gateway, only Persistent System’s Wave Relay® solution efficiently scales to extremely large networks through multiple hops in a true peer-to-peer mode while providing high throughput routing and minimal latency. This makes Wave Relay® capable of running live VoIP, video, and other demanding applications under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions. In addition, Wave Relay® seamlessly utilizes existing backbone/backhaul infrastructures to augment the capacity of a wireless network. The result is the world’s first true MANET, an extremely high-performance, fault tolerant system capable of meeting almost any networking demand.