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Mobility-Sensitive Topology Control in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
June 2006 (vol. 17 no. 6)
pp. 522-535
Jie Wu, IEEE
Fei Dai, IEEE

Abstract—In most existing localized topology control protocols for mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), each node selects a few logical neighbors based on location information and uses a small transmission range to cover those logical neighbors. Transmission range reduction conserves energy and bandwidth consumption, while still maintaining network connectivity. However, the majority of these approaches assume a static network without mobility. In a mobile environment network connectivity can be compromised by two types of "bad” location information: inconsistent information, which makes a node select too few logical neighbors, and outdated information, which makes a node use too small a transmission range. In this paper, we first show some issues in existing topology control. Then, we propose a mobility-sensitive topology control method that extends many existing mobility-insensitive protocols. Two mechanisms are introduced: consistent local views that avoid inconsistent information and delay and mobility management that tolerate outdated information. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is confirmed through an extensive simulation study.

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Index Terms:
Connectivity, mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), mobility management, simulation, topology control, view consistency.
Jie Wu, Fei Dai, "Mobility-Sensitive Topology Control in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 522-535, June 2006, doi:10.1109/TPDS.2006.73
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