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This paper introduces a cooperation-based database caching system for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs). The heart of the system is the nodes that cache submitted queries. The queries are used as indices to data cached in nodes that previously requested them. We discuss how the system is formed and how requested data is found if cached, or retrieved from the external database and then cached. Analysis is performed and expressions are derived for the different parameters, including upper and lower bounds for the number of query caching nodes as well as the average load they experience, generated network traffic, node bandwidth consumption, and other performance-related measures. Simulations with the ns-2 software were used to study the performance of the system in terms of average delay and hit ratio, and to compare it with the performance of two other caching schemes for MANETs, namely CachePath and CacheData. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed system in terms of achieved hit ratio and low delay.
cache management, distributed cache, mobile ad hoc networks, cache indexing, mobility, database queries

H. Safa, K. Mershad, Z. Abou-Atme, N. Sulieman and H. Artail, "COACS: A Cooperative and Adaptive Caching System for MANETs," in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 7, no. , pp. 961-977, 2008.
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