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In a large-scale mobile IPv6 network, usually there are several coexisting Mobility Anchor Points (MAPs) for networking robustness and traffic sharing. Therefore, it is a challenging issue for an arriving mobile node to choose the most appropriate MAP to bind. This task must be carried out by considering the issues of load balancing, binding update and packet delivery cost minimization. This paper proposes a novel MAP selection scheme for hierarchical mobile IPv6 networks to allow a mobile node to discover the most appropriate MAP when there are multiple coexisting MAPs.
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