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MCN 2007 Conference, November 7-10, 2007
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Important Characteristic of Differences betweenDSR and AODV Routing Protocol
Mamoun Hussein Mamoun
Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences Mansoura University, Egypt mamooninf@yahoo.com
Abstract
In Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) all nodes are mobile and can be connected dynamically in anarbitrary manner. All nodes of these networks behave as routers and take part in discovery andmaintenance of routes to other nodes in the network. Instead, communications between nodes that are farapart is effected by intermediate nodes acting as routers. The purpose of the MANET routing protocol is tomaintain the virtual backbone created by these routers, in spite of the nets dynamic topology.A detailed simulation model with MAC and physical layer models is used to study the interlayerinteractions and their performance implications. We demonstrate that even though DSR and AODV sharesimilar on-demand behavior, the differences in the protocol mechanisms can lead to significantperformance differentials.In this paper we compare the performance evaluation of Dynamic Source Routing (DSR) and Ad HocOn-demand distance Vector Routing (AODV) on the bases of packet delivery ratio, normalized routingload, normalized MAC load, and average end to end delay by varying the number of sources, speed andpause time.
Key words:
 
 AODV, DSR, MANET.
 
1. Introduction
MANETs hold the promise of the future, with the capability to establish networks at anytime,anywhere. These networks don’t rely on extraneous hardware, which makes them an ideal candidate forrescue and emergency operations. These networks are built, operated, and maintained by their constituentwireless nodes. These nodes generally have a limited transmission range and, so, each node seeks theassistance of its neighboring nodes in forwarding packets. In order to establish routes between nodes whichare further than a single hop, specially configured routing protocols are engaged. The unique feature of these protocols is their ability to trace routes in spite of a dynamic topology. These protocols can becategorized into two main types: reactive and proactive. The nodes in an ad hoc network generally havelimited battery power and, so, reactive routing protocols endeavor to save power by discovering routesonly when they are essentially required. In contrast, proactive routing protocols establish and maintainroutes at all instants of time so as to avoid the latency that occurs during new route discoveries [1].Mobility models define nodes’ movement pattern in ad-hoc networks. Since, MANETs are currently notdeployed on a large scale and due to the inherent randomness of mobility models, research in evaluatingthe performance of routing protocols on various mobility models are simulation based [2].Therefore in most of the cases performance analysis is carried out using various popular simulatorslike NS-2. In this paper, the performance of MANET using AODV and DSR routing protocol is evaluatedby comparing different mobility models like Random Waypoint mobility. Some of the problems related towireless communication are multipath propagation, path loss, interference, and limited frequencyspectrum. Due to the radio frequency and the nature of the terrain are not same everywhere, it is hard toestimate the path loss during communication. During communication a number of signals in theatmosphere may interfere with each other resulting in the destruction of the original signal. LimitedFrequency Spectrum is where, frequency bands are shared by many wireless technologies and not by one
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single wireless technology [3, 4]. Wireless networking is an emerging technology that allows users toaccess information and services electronically, regardless of their geographic position. Wireless networkscan be classified in two types:- Infrastructured networks.- Infrastructureless (Ad hoc) networks [5].
 
MANETs or Infrastructureless networks is a collection of mobile nodes which forms a temporarynetwork without the aid of centralized administration or standard support devices regularly available inconventional networks. In this paper, it is assumed that the mobile hosts use wireless RF transceivers astheir network interface. Routing protocol plays an important role if two hosts wish to exchange packetswhich may not be able to communicate directly. All nodes are mobile and can be connected dynamically inan arbitrary manner. All nodes of these networks behave as routers and take part in discovery andmaintenance of routes to other nodes in the network. This situation becomes more complicated if morenodes are added within the network. An Ad-Hoc routing protocol must be able to decide the best pathbetween the nodes, minimize the bandwidth overhead to enable proper routing, minimize the time requiredto converge after the topology changes. Ad hoc networks are very useful in emergency search-and-rescueoperations, meetings or conventions in which persons wish to quickly share information, and dataacquisition operations in inhospitable terrain.
2. Routing Protocol Classification
Routing protocols are classified into different categories depending on their properties:- Centralized vs. distributed- Static vs. adaptive- Reactive vs. proactiveIn centralized algorithms, all route choices are made at central node, while in distributed algorithms,the computation of the routes is shared among the network nodes. Another classification of routingprotocols relates to whether they change routes in response to the traffic input patterns. In static algorithms,the route used by the source-destination pairs is fixed regardless of traffic conditions. It can only change inresponse to a node or link failure. This type of algorithm cannot achieve high throughput under a broadvariety of traffic input patterns. Most major packet networks uses some form of adaptive routing where theroutes used to route between source-destination pairs may change in response to congestion. Proactiveprotocols continuously evaluate the routes within the network, so that when a packet needs to be forwardedthe route is already known and can be immediately used. Reactive protocols invoke a route determinationprocedure on demand only.
 
Table Driven Protocols:
Table driven protocols maintain
 
consistent and up to date routing information about each node in thenetwork [6]. These protocols require each node to store their routing information and when there is achange in network topology updating has to be made throughout the network. Some of the existing tabledriven protocols are- Destination sequenced Distance vector routing (DSDV)- Wireless routing protocol (WRP)- Fish eye State Routing protocol (FSR)- Optimized Link State Routing protocol (OLSR)- Cluster Gateway switch routing protocol (CGSR)- Topology Dissemination Based on Reverse path forwarding (TBRPF)
On-Demand routing protocols:
In On-Demand routing
 
protocols, the routes are created as and when required. When a source wantsto send to a destination, it invokes the route discovery mechanisms to find the path to the destination. Oncea Route has been established, it is maintained until either the destination becomes inaccessible (along everypath from the source), or until the route is no longer used, or expired [7]. The different types of On
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D emand driven protocols are:-
 
Ad hoc On Demand Distance Vector (AODV)-
 
Dynamic Source routing protocol (DSR)-
 
Temporally ordered routing algorithm (TORA)- Associativity Based routing (ABR)In recent years, a variety of new routing protocols targeted specifically at this environment have beendeveloped. We will provide routing performance estimates that were gathered through simulation, byinvestigating a common reactive routing protocol DSR [8] and AODV.
3. Comparison of DSR and AODV
When a node using an on-demand protocol desires a route to a new destination, it will have to waituntil such a route can be discovered. This feature, although useful for datagram traffic, incurs substantialsignaling traffic and power consumption. Since both bandwidth and battery power are scarce resources inmobile computers, this becomes a serious limitation.
 
 Dynamic Source Routing (DSR):
The key distinguishing
 
feature of DSR [9, 10] is the use of source routing. Dynamic DSR [11] is areactive protocol i.e. it doesn’t use periodic advertisements. It computes the routes when necessary andthen maintains them. Source routing is a routing technique in which the sender of a packet determines thecomplete sequence of nodes through which the packet has to pass, the sender explicitly lists this route inthe packet’s header, identifying each forwarding “hop” by the address of the next node to which to transmitthe packet on its way to the destination host.
 A
 
 d Hoc On-Demand Distance Vector Routing (AODV):
AODV [12] is essentially a combination of both DSR and DSDV. It borrows the basic on-demandmechanism of Route Discovery and Route Maintenance from DSR, plus the use of hop-by-hop routing,sequence numbers, and periodic beacons from DSDV. It uses destination sequence numbers to ensure loopfreedom at all times and by avoiding the Bellman-Ford ”count-to -infinity” problem offers quick convergence when the ad hoc network topology changesIn this research paper we attempted to present an overview of two main categories of mobile ad-hocrouting protocols and performance comparison of both the protocols based on Random way point modeland the simulation of two routing protocols focusing on their differences in their dynamic behaviors thatcan lead to performance differences.
4. Simulation Model
A detailed simulation model based on
ns-2
 
[13] is used in the evaluation. The Distributed CoordinationFunction (DCF) of IEEE 802.11
 
[14] for wireless LANs is used as the MAC layer protocol. An unslottedcarrier sense multiple access (CSMA) technique with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA) is used to transmitthe data packets. The radio model uses characteristics similar to a commercial radio interface, Lucent’sWaveLAN. WaveLAN [15, 16] is modeled as a shared-media radio with a nominal bit rate of 2 Mb/s and anominal radio range of 250 m [17, 18].The protocols maintain a
send buffer 
of 64 packets. It contains all data packets waiting for a route,such as packets for which route discovery has started, but no reply has arrived yet. To prevent buffering of packets indefinitely, packets are dropped if they wait in the send buffer for more than 30 s. All packets(both data and routing) sent by the routing layer are queued at the
interface queue
until the MAC layer cantransmit them.
 
The interface queue has a maximum size of 50 packets and is maintained as a priority queuewith two priori-ties each served in FIFO order. Routing packets get higher priority than data packets. Themobile devices features, as well as the traffic pattern characteristics can be consulted in [19].Traffic and Mobility models: In this paper we are using traffic and mobility model based on Continuous bitrate (CBR) traffic sources are used. The source-destination pairs are spread randomly over the network.Only 512-byte data packets are used. The number of source-destination pairs and the packet sending rate ineach pair is varied to change the offered load in the network.
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