On Reliable Dissemination in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks

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Executive Summary

Reliable broadcast is a basic service for many collaborative applications as it provides reliable dissemination of the same information to many recipients. This paper studies three common approaches for achieving scalable reliable broadcast in ad-hoc networks, namely probabilistic flooding, counter based broadcast, and lazy gossip. The strength and weaknesses of each scheme are analyzed, and a new protocol that combines these three techniques, called RAPID, is developed. Specifically, the analysis in this paper focuses on the trade-offs between reliability (percentage of nodes that receive each message), latency, and the message overhead of the protocol. Each of these methods excels in some of these parameters, but no single method wins in all of them.

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