Date Added: Jun 2011
Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANETs) are a form of wireless networks which do not require a base station for providing network connectivity. Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks have many characteristics which distinguish them from other wireless networks which make routing in such networks a challenging task. Cluster based routing is one of the routing schemes for MANETs in which various clusters of mobile nodes are formed with each cluster having its own clusterhead which is responsible for routing among clusters. In this paper the authors have proposed and implemented a distributed weighted clustering algorithm for MANETs. This approach is based on combined weight metric that takes into account several system parameters like the node degree, transmission range, energy and mobility of the nodes.