Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems. First International ICST Conference, MOBILIGHT 2009, Athens, Greece, May 18-20, 2009, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Self-organizing Mobile Ad Hoc Networks: Spontaneous Clustering at the MAC Layer

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-03819-8_23,
        author={J. Alonso-Z\^{a}rate and E. Kartsakli and P. Chatzimisios and L. Alonso and Ch. Verikoukis},
        title={Self-organizing Mobile Ad Hoc Networks: Spontaneous Clustering at the MAC Layer},
        proceedings={Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems. First International ICST Conference, MOBILIGHT 2009, Athens, Greece, May 18-20, 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBILIGHT},
        year={2012},
        month={6},
        keywords={MAC DQMAN DQCA Clustering Ad hoc Self-organizing},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-03819-8_23}
    }
    
  • J. Alonso-Zárate
    E. Kartsakli
    P. Chatzimisios
    L. Alonso
    Ch. Verikoukis
    Year: 2012
    Self-organizing Mobile Ad Hoc Networks: Spontaneous Clustering at the MAC Layer
    MOBILIGHT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03819-8_23
J. Alonso-Zárate1,*, E. Kartsakli2,*, P. Chatzimisios3,*, L. Alonso2,*, Ch. Verikoukis1,*
  • 1: Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Av. del Canal Olímpic s/n, CTTC
  • 2: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (EPSC-UPC), Av. del Canal Olímpic s/n, EPSC
  • 3: University of Macedonia
*Contact email: jesus.alonso@cttc.es, ellik@tsc.upc.edu, pchatzim@uom.gr, luisg@tsc.upc.edu, cveri@cttc.es

Abstract

We present in this paper a master-slave, self-organized, spontaneous, passive, and dynamic clustering algorithm embedded into the Medium Access Control (MAC) layer for Mobile Ad hoc Networks. Any mobile station gets access to the channel by executing a contention-based mechanism similar to the IEEE 802.11 Standard. However, once it seizes the channel, it establishes a temporary cluster to which closer neighbors can get synchronized. Within each cluster, any infrastructure-based MAC protocol can be executed. Link-level computer simulations have been carried out to show that this approach can remarkably improve the performance of ad hoc networks at the MAC layer.