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Bandwidth-Efficient Geographic Multicast Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

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4 Author(s)
Juan A. Sanchez ; Dept. of Commun. & Inf. Eng., Murcia Univ. ; Pedro M. Ruiz ; Jennifer Liu ; Ivan Stojmenovic

We present geographic multicast routing (GMR), a new multicast routing protocol for wireless sensor networks. It is a fully localized algorithm that efficiently delivers multicast data messages to multiple destinations. It does not require any type of flooding throughout the network. Each node propagating a multicast data message needs to select a subset of its neighbors as relay nodes towards destinations. GMR optimizes the cost over progress ratio where the cost is equal to the number of neighbors selected for relaying and the progress is the overall reduction of the remaining distances to destinations. Such neighbor selection achieves a good tradeoff between the bandwidth of the multicast tree and the effectiveness of the data distribution. Our cost-aware neighbor selection is based on a greedy set merging scheme achieving a O(Dnmin(D,n)3) computation time, where n is the number of neighbors of current node and D is the number of destinations. As in traditional geographic routing algorithms, delivery to all destinations is guaranteed by applying face routing when necessary. Our simulation results show that GMR outperforms position based multicast in terms of cost of the trees and computation time over a variety of networking scenarios

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IEEE Sensors Journal  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 5 )