Location Based Dynamic Probabilistic Broadcasting for MANETs

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Broadcasting has a central importance to Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) wherein it is frequently executed for the route discovery, address resolution, the application of paging a host and many other network services. Use of simple flooding, for broadcasts, causes redundant rebroadcasts and contention and collision issues that may lead to what is known as the broadcast storm problem. In this paper, the authors propose an angle-aware broadcasting algorithm as a contribution to address the broadcast storm problem. In this algorithm, rebroadcast probability is dynamically calculated, based on the angles covered (cover angles) by a node with respect to its neighbors, without using the latter's knowledge information or any complex calculations thereof.