Performance comparison of two on-demand routing protocols for ad hoc networks

C.E. Perkins, E.M. Royer, S.R. Das, M.K. Marina

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Abstract / Description of output

Ad hoc networks are characterized by multihop wireless connectivity, frequently changing network topology and the need for efficient dynamic routing protocols. We compare the performance of two prominent on-demand routing protocols for mobile ad hoc networks: dynamic source routing (DSR) and ad hoc on-demand distance vector routing (AODV). A detailed simulation model with MAC and physical layer models is used to study interlayer interactions and their performance implications. We demonstrate that even though DSR and AODV share similar on-demand behavior, the differences in the protocol mechanics can lead to significant performance differentials. The performance differentials are analyzed using varying network load, mobility, and network size. Based on the observations, we make recommendations about how the performance of either protocol can be improved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-28
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Personal Communications Magazine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2001

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • digital simulation
  • land mobile radio
  • network topology
  • packet radio networks
  • protocols
  • telecommunication network routing
  • telecommunication traffic
  • MAC layer model
  • ad hoc on-demand distance vector routing
  • data traffic
  • dynamic routing protocols
  • dynamic source routing
  • interlayer interactions
  • mobile ad hoc networks
  • mobility
  • multihop wireless connectivity
  • network size
  • on-demand behavior
  • on-demand routing protocols
  • packet transmission
  • performance comparison
  • performance differentials
  • physical layer model
  • protocol mechanics
  • protocol performance
  • simulation model
  • varying network load
  • Ad hoc networks
  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Network topology
  • Performance analysis
  • Physical layer
  • Routing protocols
  • Spread spectrum communication


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