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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 8 (2012), Issue 3, Pages 199-211
http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/MIS-2012-0140

Condensation-Based Routing in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Francesco Palmieri1 and Aniello Castiglione2

1Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Aversa (CE), Italy
2Dipartimento di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Fisciano (SA), Italy

Received 18 June 2012; Accepted 18 June 2012

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Abstract

The provision of efficient broadcast containment schemes that can dynamically cope with frequent topology changes and limited shared channel bandwidth, is one of the most challenging research topics in MANETs, and is crucial to the basic operations of networks serving fully mobile devices within areas having no fixed communication infrastructure. This problem particularly impacts the design of dynamic routing protocol that can efficiently establish routes to deliver data packets among mobile nodes with minimum communication overhead, and at the same time, ensure high throughput and low end-to-end delay. Accordingly, this work exploits and analyzes an adaptive probabilistic broadcast containment technique based on a particular condensation phenomenon borrowed from Quantum Mechanics and transposed in self-organizing random networks, that has the potential to effectively drive the on-demand route discovery process. Simulation-based performance analysis has shown that the proposed technique can introduce significant benefits on the general performance of broadcast-based reactive routing protocols in MANETs.