Title: A competitive performance analysis of reactive and proactive routing protocols of MANET under short time communication scenario

Authors: A.P. Janani; M. Sakthivel; K. Baskaran

Addresses: Department of Information Technology, Sri Subramanya College of Engineering and Technology, Palani, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: The performance of reactive and proactive routing protocols in a highly Mobile Ad hoc NETwork (MANET) is questionable due to the resulting link failures caused by the high mobility of nodes. Further the routing protocols require certain time to achieve stable performance due to the periodic route discovery and maintenance mechanisms in their inherent design. So if a MANET routing protocol is used in a communication scenario such as a very short time military rescue operation that may end in seconds, then practically there will not be much time for the routing protocol to get its optimum level of performance. Here the routing protocol should provide better performance from the very starting instance of the operation. In this work, proactive protocols DSDV and OLSR and reactive protocols AODV and DSR are evaluated and their behaviour is studied while using TCP and UDP traffic under short term communication scenario in a typical, small mobile ad hoc network.

Keywords: MANETs; mobile ad hoc networks; proactive routing protocols; reactive routing protocols; performance evaluation; short time communication; DSDV; OLSR; AODV; DSR; mobile networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2013.055763

International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2013 Vol.6 No.3, pp.253 - 260

Received: 05 May 2012
Accepted: 11 Aug 2012

Published online: 06 Aug 2013 *

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