Title: Programmable agents for efficient topology formation of Bluetooth scatternets

Authors: Sergio Gonzalez-Valenzuela, Son T. Vuong, Victor C.M. Leung

Addresses: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada. ' Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada. ' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

Abstract: Recent years saw a significant number of efforts aimed at the efficient creation of Scatternets: multi-hop Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN) created by means of Bluetooth technology that allows users to seamlessly exchange information. We present a novel solution to the Scatternet formation problem by means of mobile programs that help realise our goal according to a predefined topology formation policy. We argue that this approach offers improved flexibility when compared with existing protocols that employ the message-passing communications model. The effectiveness of our proposed mobile processing scheme is demonstrated through computer simulations.

Keywords: Bluetooth scatternets; mobile agents; scatternet formation; topology formation; multi-hop WPANs; wireless PANs; personal area networks; wireless networks; simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2010.034214

International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2010 Vol.4 No.3, pp.165 - 173

Published online: 28 Jul 2010 *

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