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A Review of Routing Protocols Based on Ant-Like Mobile Agents

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Author(s): Yasushi Kambayashi

Journal: Algorithms
ISSN 1999-4893

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 442;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: MANET | ACO | routing P2P networks | mobile software agents | multi-agent system

ABSTRACT
A survey on the routing protocols based on ant-like mobile agents is given. These protocols are often employed in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANET). Mobile Ad Hoc Networks are collections of wireless mobile nodes such as PDAs, laptop computers, and cellular phones having wireless communication capability that dynamically form a temporary network without using any existing network infrastructures such as wireless access points. The only infrastructure in MANET is the wireless communication interfaces on the devices. In such a circumstance, where some of the wireless devices are not within wireless range of each other, multi-hop routing is required to transmit messages to the destination. A node that wants to start communication with other nodes that are not within its one-hop wireless transmission range has to request intermediate nodes to forward their communication packets to the destination. In this paper, we survey a variety of proposed network protocols to accommodate this situation. We focus especially on biologically-inspired routing algorithms that are based on the ant colony optimization algorithm.
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