Adjusted probabilistic route discovery in mobile ad hoc networks

Jamal Deen Abdulai, Mohamed Ould-Khaoua*, Lewis M. Mackenzie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Conventional on-demand route discovery methods in mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) employ simple flooding method, where a mobile node blindly rebroadcasts received route request (RREQ) packets until a route to a particular destination is established. This can potentially lead to high channel contention, causing redundant retransmissions and thus excessive packet collisions in the network. This paper proposed two new probabilistic methods that can significantly reduce the number of RREQ packets transmitted during route discovery operation. Our simulation analysis reveals that equipping AODV with an appropriate probabilistic route discovery method can result in significant performance improvements in terms of routing overhead, MAC collisions and end-to-end delay while still achieving a good throughput when compared with the traditional AODV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-182
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Electrical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Collision
  • Flooding
  • Forwarding probability
  • MANETs
  • Overhead
  • Reactive routing
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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