Efficient Soft QoS Guarantee in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
More and more Quality of Service (QoS) sensitive applications, such as streaming media, high bandwidth content distribution and VoIP, will be deployed in Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) as part of the pervasive computing realization. However, traditional QoS guarantee technologies cannot be used directly in MANETs due to the dynamic network environment. This paper proposes a QoS management mechanism combining Caching and Backup Service Paths (CBSP) and an Enhanced CBSP (ECBSP) for soft QoS guarantee in MANETs. In CBSP, Service Provider Nodes (SPNs) with distinct Service Paths (SPs) providing the required service are found in the MANET during the service discovery phase. The client node then selects one SP to get the service and the other SPs as Backup Service Paths (BSPs).