Retransmission and Backoff Strategies for Wireless Broadcasting

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Executive Summary

This paper defines a wireless broadcasting algorithm as having two components: a retransmission strategy and a backoff strategy. Several strategies are proposed in this paper and a comparative analysis is presented between existing algorithms and the strategies proposed herein. Simulation experiments and analysis are used to study or demonstrate the properties and performance of specific strategies or to obtain results of a more general nature. Strategies are also evaluated with respect to their impact on routing protocols that rely on broadcasting to perform path discovery. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine which strategies result in more stable routes.

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