[Olsr-users] Current OLSR protocol

ulf kypke (spam-protected)
Fri May 22 17:12:03 CEST 2009

hello damian, hello aaron, hello list,
i will give my personal opinion on this as well,
first, olsr is working fine, if you do not mix up old with new versions.
second, batman is working fine as well and
third, aaron, stop writing such a bullsh* and stop flaming on a mailinglist!
if you have a problem with elektra, discuss and fix this with elektra
privately and not on this list here.
elektra was never producing fear, uncertainty, and doubt against olsrd.
she, as well as a lot of other people are doing there best, to improve
meshnetworks and it is not a question which routing protocol is
better, faster, or what ever.

so far ulf

ps. it would be better to join to the wireless community weekend, to
work together on the olsr issues then writing such a crap!

2009/5/22 L. Aaron Kaplan <(spam-protected)>:
> On May 22, 2009, at 3:46 PM, Damian Philipp wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm currently gathering some information about available routing
>> protocols for mesh networks for my diploma thesis. So far, I have
>> found rather confusing things about OLSR. From http://www.olsr.org/?q=background
>>  I gathered that most of the optimizations to get olsr working were
>> code improvements. However, https://www.open-mesh.org/wiki/the-olsr-story
>>  paints a somewhat different picture with inherent instabilities in
>> the original concept of olsr which is why they started over with
> Well... Let me give you my personal opinion on that.
> Mainly Elektra from BATMAN was very often behind a FUD strategy
> against OLSR.
> Which is weird but it is like that. Maybe it is in order to start the
> new project BATMAN.
>  From the OLSR.org side, this is great that there is a new attempt at
> routing protocols since we can all learn from that and from the new
> problems that a new routing protocol will give in practice.
> However, I would *not* take the-olsr-story on open-mesh.org as
> correct, final, authoritative nor complete.
> Fact is that mesh research is an ongoing process and we can all simply
> learn.
>> From what I've read on the freifunk homepage, olsr is still widely
>> in use on freifunk networks.
> it is.
>> I'm guessing that they are probably using the latest stable olsrd
>> from olsr.org. However what I have not been able to find out is what
>> protocol the current implementation from olsr.org is using. Is it
>> still RCF-3626 compliant or does it rather contain all the
>> optimizations from the C-Base people, thus breaking RFC compliance?
> it is RFC compliant but we all turn on extensions to RFC3626 in
> practice (ETX, Fisheye, ...) which break compatibility. But these are
> flags. You can turn them off.
>> As part of my thesis I will have to experiment with some extensions
>> to the OLSR protocol. In order to be able to design those, I'd like
>> to know the protocol I'm actually using ;-)
>  I suggest that you start to familiarize yourself with the basic
> datastructures, the RFC and maybe the plugin API. You will find more
> help concerning these issues on (spam-protected)
>> I did find the OLSRv2-Draft at http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-manet-olsrv2-08.txt
>> . This however still contains Multipoint relays, which as mentioned
>> on open-mesh.org seem to be (have been?) one of the bigger issues --
>> thus my confusion.
> no, ... open-mesh.org is a lot of personal opinion by Elektra.
> So, again... take that with a grain of salt please ;-)
> There was even once a paper published by Elektra and some insitute in
> South Africa which again "proves" that OLSR does not scale and stuff
> like that.
> In the history of routing protocols you can always find this trend
> that some proposals were made, some succeeded in acceptance (i.e. they
> were made an RFC) and then a *great* deal* of work was still needed to
> actually make it scalable and secure in practice.
> Take BGP for example: we (== the internet) is still fighting with some
> basic security problems of BGP [1]. So even the development of BGP is
> still ongoing.
> Summary: it is the implementation which counts!
> And OLSR.org put *a lot* of effort into that the last 2 years.
> So the basic real dichotomy between OLSR.org and BATMAN is actually
> the question:
>  "do something new or improve the old stuff?"
> I guess both are valid positions somehow.
> [1] http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/08/revealed-the-in/
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