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Journal of Computer Networks and Communications
Volume 2011, Article ID 680936, 11 pages
Research Article

Efficient and Reliable Dissemination in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks by Location Extrapolation

1Computer Science Department, The Academic Arab College, 31905 Haifa, Israel
2Computer Science Department, Technion, 32000 Haifa, Israel

Received 22 March 2011; Accepted 6 July 2011

Academic Editor: Abdelhamid Mellouk

Copyright © 2011 Adnan Agbaria et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Data dissemination is an important service in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). The main objective of this paper is to present a dissemination protocol, called locBcast, which utilizes positioning information to obtain efficient dissemination trees with low-control overhead. This paper includes an extensive simulation study that compares locBast with selfP, dominantP, fooding, and a couple of probabilistic-/counter-based protocols. It is shown that locBcast behaves similar to or better than those protocols and is especially useful in the following challenging environments: the message sizes are large, the network is dense, and nodes are highly mobile.