Energy aware routing protocols in ad hoc wireless networks

  • Venetis Kanakaris

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    In Mobile Ad hoc Network, communication at mobile nodes can be achieved by using multi-hop wireless links. The architecture of such a network is based, not on a centralized base station but on each node acting as a router to forward data packets to other nodes in the network. The aim of each protocol, in an ad hoc network, is to find valid routes between two communicating nodes. These protocols must be able to handle high mobility of the nodes which often cause changes in the network topology. Every ad hoc network protocol uses some form of a routing algorithm to transmit between nodes based on a mechanism that forwards packets from one node to another in the network. These algorithms have their own way of finding a new route or modifying an existing one when there are changes in the network.

    The novel area of this research is a proposed routing algorithm which improves routing and limits redundant packet forwarding, especially in dense networks. It reduces the routing messages and consequently power consumption, which increases the average remaining power and the lifetime of the network. The first aim of this research was to evaluate various routing algorithms in terms of power. The next step was to modify an existing ad hoc routing protocol in order to improve the power consumption. This resulted in the implementation of a dynamic probabilistic algorithm in the route request mechanism of an ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector protocol which led to a 3.0% improvement in energy consumption. A further extension of the approach using Bayesian theory led to 3.3% improvement in terms of energy consumption as a consequence of a reduction in MAC Load for all network sizes, up to 100 nodes.
    Date of AwardOct 2012
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Portsmouth
    SupervisorDavid Ndzi (Supervisor)

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