Epidemic Theory Based H + 1 Hop Forwarding for Intermittently Connected Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
In intermittently connected mobile ad hoc networks, how to guarantee the packet delivery ratio and reduce the transmission delay has become the new challenge for the researchers. Epidemic-theory based routing has shown the better performance in terms of improving packet delivery ratio and reducing the delay, when infinite node buffer and network bandwidth model is assumed. Typically, epidemic routing adopts the 2-hop or multi-hop forwarding mode to deliver a packet. However, these two modes have the intrinsic disadvantage on too much redundant copies or too long delivery delay. In this paper, the authors introduce a novel H+1 hop forwarding mode that is based on the epidemic theory.