NISR: A Nature Inspired Scalable Routing Protocol for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

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Executive Summary

Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) are multi-hop wireless networks consisting of radio-equipped nodes that are mobile. The topology of a mobile ad hoc network changes frequently and this dynamic topology makes it difficult to design an efficient routing protocol. Number of nodes in a MANET can be varied from a few nodes to hundreds and even more nodes. Hence it is important for a MANET routing protocol to keep its performance in an acceptable level increasing number of nodes. Since nature is source of many well-established scalable mechanisms, this paper inspires from nature to design its scalable routing protocol.

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