MARIAN: A hybrid, metric-driven, agent-based routing protocol for multihop ad-hoc networks.

Migas, Nikos (2008) MARIAN: A hybrid, metric-driven, agent-based routing protocol for multihop ad-hoc networks. PhD thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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Recent advances in technology provided the ground for highly dynamic, mobile, infrastructure-less networks, namely, ad-hoc networks. Despite their enormous benefits, the full potential cannot be reached unless certain issues are resolved. These mainly involve routing, as the lack of an infrastructure imposes a heavy burden on mobile devices that must maintain location information and route data packets in a multi-hop fashion. Specifically, typical adhoc routing devices, such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), are limited in respect to the available throughput, life-time, and performance, that these may provide, as routing elements.
Thus, there is a need for metric-driven ad-hoc routing, that is, devices should be utilised for routing according to their fitness, as different device types significantly vary in
terms of routing fitness. In addition, a concrete agent-based approach can provide a set of advantages over a non-agent-based one, which includes: better design practice; and automatic reconfigurability.
This research work aims to investigate the applicability of stationary and mobile agent technology in multi-hop ad-hoc routing. Specifically, this research proposes a novel hybrid,
metric-driven, agent-based routing protocol for multi-hop ad-hoc networks that will enhance current routing schemes. The novelties that are expected to be achieved include: maximum
network performance, increased scalability, dynamic adaptation, Quality of Service (QoS), energy conservation, reconfigurability, and security. The underlying idea is based on the fact that stationary and mobile agents can be ideal candidates for such dynamic environments
due to their advanced characteristics, and thus offer state of the art support in terms of organising the otherwise disoriented network into an efficient and flexible hierarchical
structure, classifying the routing fitness of participating devices, and therefore allow intelligent
routing decisions to be taken on that basis.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: multi-hop ad-hoc routing; wireless ad-hoc networks; stationery and mobile agents; clustering; routing; QoS; automatic network reconfiguration; security; intelligent filtering;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 621 Electronic & mechanical engineering > 621.3 Electrical & electronic engineering > 621.38 Electronics & Communications engineering > 621.382 Communications engineering > 621.3821 Communications networks
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 4000
Depositing User: Professor Bill Buchanan
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 14:53
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:56

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