Multiple-metric hybrid anycast protocol for heterogeneous access networks

Lijuan Cao, Kashif Sharif, Teresa Dahlberg, Yu Wang

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The wireless multihop to an Access Point (AP) model appears to be a promising component of future access network architectures. A key challenge is managing diverse resourcesat APs while discovering efficient multi-hop paths from source to AP based on selection criteria dictated by applications or necessitated by network constraints. We propose a newhybrid proactive/reactive anycast routing protocol that integrates multiple-metrics to calculate path cost and selects the appropriate AP. Simulation analysis shows that our approach outperforms single-metric protocols while supporting flexible service criteria, including load balancing at APs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-53
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Anycast routing
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Hybrid routing
  • Multiple metrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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