PROBLEMS OF AUTOCONFIGURATION AND SERVICE MANAGEMENT IN MOBILE AD-HOC NETWORK Priyanka Sinha Graduate Student Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Auburn University, Auburn, AL Abstract As devices with wireless access technology, greater memory and longer battery life, proliferate, there is a need to be able to allow more than one hop communication amongst them. Also, such a network is easier to deploy in case of a disaster. But, these devices that participate to form a multi-hop mobile ad-hoc network (MANET), need a unique identifier such as an IP address to be able to participate in networking. To deploy and access services in this network they also need a service management infrastructure. In the wired and wireless local area network it is provided either by static assignment or via auto-configuration protocols such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. To support service discovery the Domain Name System translates from the name of the service to the IP address associated with it. Recently, Distributed Hash table (DHT) based protocols such as CHORD have been used for service discovery and content management. We explore how a MANET makes it difficult to use a DHT for service discovery and auto-configuration. Bio Priyanka Sinha is a Graduate Research Assistant pursuing a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auburn University. Her advisor is Prof. Prathima Agrawal. She holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Her research interests include Mobile Ad-hoc Networks, Wireless Mesh Networks, Network Management and Security.