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Data Centric Storage (DCS) is a powerful storage paradigm for wireless ad hoc networks. In mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), however, the mobility and varying density of nodes may significantly impact the efficiency of data access and the level of data consistency for existing DCS mechanisms. In this paper, we propose an efficient resilience mechanism for data centric storage that supports DCS in mobile environments. We introduce a novel indirection strategy that enables us to distinguish the storage of data at dedicated server nodes from the storage of additional information to locate these servers. Our approach places server location information dynamically in strategic parts of the network based on its current topology. Combining our server location advertisement with any geographic routing protocol, we provide a robust data update and query processing technique for data centric storage in MANETs. We show analytically and by means of experimental evaluations that, despite the additional indirection during packet forwarding, our approach provides superior storage and retrieval performance than the original DCS algorithm even for large amounts of dynamic data.
Date of Conference: 10-12 May 2006