A new strategy to improve proactive route updates in mobile ad hoc networks

Mehran Abolhasan, Tadeusz Wysocki, Justin Lipman

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This paper presents two new route update strategies for performing proactive route discovery in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). The first strategy is referred to as minimum displacement update routing (MDUR). In this strategy, the rate at which route updates are sent into the network is controlled by how often a node changes its location by a required distance. The second strategy is called minimum topology change update (MTCU). In this strategy, the route updating rate is proportional to the level of topology change each node experiences. We implemented MDUR and MTCU on top of the fisheye state routing (FSR) protocol and investigated their performance by simulation. The simulations were performed in a number of different scenarios, with varied network mobility, density, traffic, and boundary. Our results indicate that both MDUR and MTCU produce significantly lower levels of control overhead than FSR and achieve higher levels of throughput as the density and the level of traffic in the network are increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)828-837
Number of pages10
JournalEurasip Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • GPS-based route updating
  • MANETs
  • MDUR
  • MTCU
  • Proactive route updating
  • Routing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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