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Ad hoc networks are self-configuring multi-hop wireless networks whose routing protocols are extremely sensitive to the occurrence of accidental and malicious faults. However, the behaviour exhibited by such protocols varies from one to another. This paper motivates the importance of using resilience benchmarking strategies to evaluate, compare and select the most suitable routing protocol alternative, among those available, for each application. However, experience shows that such selection process is very complex since requiring the simultaneous consideration a wide set of different performance, resilience, energy consumption and cost measures. This selection can turn into a complex task when the effect of a big number of perturbations (attacks and accidental faults) is considered on a big variety of protocols.
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