Mobile Agents in Ad-hoc routing

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Recent advances in technology provided the ground for highly dynamic, mobile, infrastructure-less networks, namely, ad-hoc networks. Despite their enormous benefits, the full potential cannot be reached unless certain issues are resolved. These mainly involve routing, as the lack of an infrastructure imposes a heavy burden on mobile devices that must maintain location information and route data packets in a multi-hop fashion. Specifically, typical adhoc routing devices, such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), are limited in respect to the available throughput, life-time, and performance, that these may provide, as routing elements. Thus, there is a need for metric-driven ad-hoc routing, that is, devices should be utilised for routing according to their fitness, as different device types significantly vary in terms of routing fitness. In addition, a concrete agent-based approach can provide a set of advantages over a non-agent-based one, which includes: better design practice; and automatic reconfigurability. This research work aims to investigate the applicability of stationary and mobile agent technology in multi-hop ad-hoc routing.

Mobile Agents in Ad-hoc routing is a Research - Other Sources project funded by Internal. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to .
 
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William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
w.buchanan@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2759
Dr Nikos Migas
(not currently an institute member)

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