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The infrastructure-less and dynamic nature of Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANETs) requires the implementation of a new set of networking technologies in order to provide efficient end-to-end communication according to the principles of the standard TCP/IP suite. Routing and IP address auto-configuration are among the most challenging tasks in the ad hoc network domain. Swarm intelligence is a relatively new approach to problem solving that takes inspiration from the social behaviors of insects, such as ants and bees. Selforganization, decentralization, adaptivity, robustness, and scalability make swarm intelligence a successful design paradigm for routing and IP address distribution for MANETs. In this paper it is proposed BeeAdHocAutoConf, a new IP address allocation algorithm based on the bee metaphor.
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