Title: Maximising resource utilisation and load balancing in MANET multicasting with ODMRP over cluster-based topologies

Authors: Leonard Chalemba

Addresses: Physics Department, Mzuzu University, Private Bag 201, Mzuzu, Malawi

Abstract: This paper presents a new cluster-based route discovery method for On Demand Multicast Routing Protocol (ODMRP) intended for efficient and reliable multicasting over cluster-based topologies of Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs). The proposed method uses a combination of a number of cluster-related ideas available in the literature and a novel technique of using secondary cluster-heads proposed in this paper. Secondary cluster-heads offer load balancing which is aimed at providing reliable multicast services. The proposed method was tested by a computer simulation conducted in GloMoSim and the results show that the method is capable of accomplishing its goals by requiring only about 50% of the network resources needed by the blind flooding method of ODMRP.

Keywords: route discovery; ODMRP; MANET multicasting; cluster-based topology; cluster heads; load balancing; resource utilisation; MANETs; on-demand multicast routing protocol; mobile ad hoc networks; mobile networks; simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2014.058869

International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2014 Vol.7 No.1, pp.1 - 9

Received: 10 May 2012
Accepted: 11 Aug 2012

Published online: 14 Jan 2014 *

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