Conference Paper

Infrastructure-Less Multicast Protocol in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks.

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-45801-8_31 Conference: Information Networking, Wireless Communications Technologies and Network Applications, International Conference, ICOIN 2002, Cheju Island, Korea, January 30 - February 1, 2002, Revised Papers, Part II
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Ad-hoc networks have the characteristics of dynamic topology and many applications on ad-hoc networks tend to require group
communication capabilities. Previously proposed multicast mechanisms on mobile ad-hoc networks build multicast-infrastructures
like the tree or mesh for the group communication and these infrastructures may cause significant overhead especially in a
highly dynamic mobile ad-hoc network environment. Therefore, in this paper, we propose a new multicast mechanism supporting
multicast services based on only the underlying unicast routing tables, hence any multicast-related infrastructures like trees
and meshes are not required to be constructed. As a result, we could achieve better performance in terms of the reliability
and the control overhead.

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