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Theoretical Analysis and Overhead Control Mechanisms in MANET: A Survey

Surendranath Gowrishankar, Tiptur Basavaraju, M Singh and Subir Sarkar

International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (SPECTS 2007)
San Diego, California (USA), July 16-18, 2007


Abstract—A mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is a self-organizing wireless network made up of mobile nodes and requires no fixed infrastructure. Routing is a critical task in MANET as the nodes are moving. So, the primary goal of an ad hoc routing protocol is to establish a correct and efficient route between any pair of nodes with minimum overhead. Routing overhead is a very important metric. If the control overhead of a proposed method is very high, then that method cannot work well in MANET. In this paper we present a survey of theoretical analysis of the routing overhead involved and the various approaches that are employed to minimize the control overhead incurred by various routing protocols.

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