Manycast: exploring the space between anycast and multicast in ad hoc networks

TitleManycast: exploring the space between anycast and multicast in ad hoc networks
Publication TypeConference Articles
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsCarter, C., S. Yi, P. Ratanchandani, and R. Kravets
Conference NameMobiCom '03: Proceedings of the 9th annual international conference on Mobile computing and networking
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-58113-753-2
AbstractThe characteristics of ad hoc networks naturally encourage the deployment of distributed services. Although current networks implement group communication methods, they do not support the needs of a mobile node that must locate one or more distributed servers. A node should not need detailed knowledge of network topology to choose servers with which it can communicate efficiently.To this end, manycast is a group communication scheme that enables communication with an arbitrary (user specified) number of group members. Anycast and multicast communication are special cases of manycast in which the target number of group members is one and infinity, respectively. We present manycast and discuss its use as a communication primitive, with specific attention to ad hoc networks. We advocate manycast support at the network layer. A manycast routing protocol enables an application to contact several nearby network nodes that implement a distributed service.We analyze some approaches to manycast, including some application layer implementations. This evaluation supports our claim that manycast must be implemented in the network layer for effective operation in ad hoc networks. We present several extensions to ad hoc routing protocols that can provide manycast support with minimal implementation effort. Through analysis and extensive simulation, we explore the behavior of these approaches to manycast, finally providing recommendations to implementors.
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