Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
The authors present a new distributed protocol for setting up and maintaining a backbone for multi-hop mobile networks with multiple radio interfaces. Their solution, termed MM-Backs, is effective in producing backbones with limited size, while being robust and reliable in the face of node mobility. They also describe how MM-Backs can be used to transparently support ad hoc routing, without the need to modify a routing protocol to adapt to multiple radios. They compare their protocol with a solution for mobile backbones running in single-radio networks.