Achieving robust protocols for mobile ad hoc networks

John P. Mullen, Timothy Matis, Karl Adams, Smriti Rangan

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A Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) is a self-organizing and self-contained communications network that requires no fixed infrastructure. Such a network is a logical choice to establish a communications network under emergency conditions, during a temporary assemblage, or even in the home. The current practice in testing the design of MANET routing protocols is to assume a very simple radio propagation model, together with specific movement scenarios to model the offered load and other demands. While this approach is useful in finding some weaknesses in protocol design, it fails to predict some problems that lead to serious difficulties in the field. This paper describes a technique which uses Response Surface Methodology, together with stochastic radio propagation models, to more realistically predict protocol performance in an attempt to achieve more robust MANET protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2004
EventIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: May 15 2004May 19 2004


ConferenceIIE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX


  • Decision rules
  • Fading
  • MANET routing
  • Network reliability
  • Power averaging
  • Shadowing
  • Stochastic models
  • Wireless propagation


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