Battlemesh v8 and its many stories SL

It is really impossible to recap the latest Battlemesh event. So let's simply share some photos and facts and let them speak.

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Photos: Tomislava and BornAgain

This year Battlemesh happened from 3rd to 9th August 2015 in Maribor, Slovenia, and was hosted by the wlan slovenija open wireless network in collaboration with Institute IRNAS Rače, Amateur radio club Student S59DXX and the Association of Radio Amateurs of Slovenia. Of course, it all happened because of the global Battlemesh community and the large number of participants and volunteers taking on many tasks. There were at least 25 talks/workshops. Around 75 participants attended from Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, India, Greece, Croatia, USA, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Canada, and Slovenia. Representing communities guifi.net, Freifunk, ninux, AWMN, funkfeuer, sudomesh, metamesh, libre-mesh, Free Software Movement of India, bufferbloat.net, Sarantaporo.gr Community Network, wlan slovenija, and others. We were able to provide 5 travel scholarships. The following routing protocols were tested: babel, batman-adv, bmx6, olsr, olsrv2. There were multiple tests done during the event, but some also did not produce results.

See also the blog post from the beginning of the event.

What is Battlemesh?

The Wireless Battle of the Mesh is an event that aims at bringing together people from across Europe and beyond to test the performance of different routing protocols for mesh networks, like Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N., BMX, IEEE 802.11s, OLSR. It is a tournament with a social character. If you are a mesh networking enthusiast, community networking activist, or have an interest in mesh networks and related technologies, this event is for you.

The traditional goal of the event is to set-up hands-on testbed for each available mesh routing protocol with a standard test procedure for the different mesh networks. During the event, similar hardware and software configuration is used based on the OpenWrt and packages for each protocol implementation. The event is also a great opportunity to develop testing tools for PHY/MAC radio layers (drivers, scripts and PHY analyzers). Alongside the testing of routing protocols, a number of talks, workshops, and hackathons are held on various mesh-related topics, all from technology to community and social aspects of mesh networks.

Join us next year

If you are interested in joining us next year, subscribe to the mailing list and join the global community.