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Organizing a distributed application in a mobile ad hoc network

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2 Author(s)
Tuduce, C. ; Departement Informatik, Eidgenossische Tech. Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland ; Gross, T.

A distributed application that operates in an ad hoc network formed by mobile nodes must limit its use of all-to-all communication since the overall capacity of such a network is severely constrained. To address this problem, we describe an algorithm that allows an application to impose a hierarchical structure on the participating nodes. A simple tree is maintained as hosts join and leave the ad hoc network. We evaluate this algorithm in the context of a collaboration tool for a network of Linux laptops using IEEE 802.11b network cards. Preliminary performance results from our mobile test-bed indicate that the application responds well to connectivity changes and is sufficiently agile to run in a highly mobile environment.

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Network Computing and Applications, 2003. NCA 2003. Second IEEE International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

16-18 April 2003