Title: On routing protocols using mobile social networks

Authors: Ahmed B. Altamimi; T. Aaron Gulliver

Addresses: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, PO Box 3055, STN CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3P6, Canada ' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, PO Box 3055, STN CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3P6, Canada

Abstract: A Mobile Social Network (MSN) is defined as a mobile network that uses social relationships to determine node communication. Many wireless networks including ad hoc networks do not reflect a real world deployment because of routing implementation difficulties. However, with the enormous use of Social Network Sites (SNSs) including Twitter and Facebook, MSNs can be exploited to make routing easier. Although there has been some research effort devoted to routing using these networks, the MSN routing protocols proposed in the literature suffer from either a low delivery ratio or high memory requirements. This paper presents a new routing protocol (status) for MSNs which has excellent performance in terms of delivery ratio and memory requirements. It employs the online status of a node to make forwarding decisions. Status has a low overhead ratio, low average delay and low computational complexity at the node level.

Keywords: ICN; intermittently connected networks; MSN; mobile social networks; routing protocols; online status; mobile networks; delivery ratio; memory requirements.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2013.053040

International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2013 Vol.6 No.1, pp.1 - 11

Received: 13 Apr 2012
Accepted: 03 Jul 2012

Published online: 03 Apr 2013 *

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