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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 138972, 12 pages
Review Article

A Survey on Investigating the Need for Intelligent Power-Aware Load Balanced Routing Protocols for Handling Critical Links in MANETs

1Department of IT, Adhiparasakthi Engineering College, Melmaruvathur, Tamil Nadu 603 319, India
2Department of CSE, Tagore Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600127, India
3Department of IT, Easwari Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600089, India

Received 9 December 2013; Accepted 19 February 2014; Published 23 March 2014

Academic Editors: Z. Chen and F. Yu

Copyright © 2014 B. Sivakumar 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.


In mobile ad hoc networks connectivity is always an issue of concern. Due to dynamism in the behavior of mobile nodes, efficiency shall be achieved only with the assumption of good network infrastructure. Presence of critical links results in deterioration which should be detected in advance to retain the prevailing communication setup. This paper discusses a short survey on the specialized algorithms and protocols related to energy efficient load balancing for critical link detection in the recent literature. This paper also suggests a machine learning based hybrid power-aware approach for handling critical nodes via load balancing.