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IDRM: Inter-Domain Routing Protocol for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

Chi-Kin Chau, Jon Crowcroft, Kang-Won Lee, Starsky H.Y. Wong

January 2008, 24 pages

DOI: 10.48456/tr-708


Inter-domain routing is an important component to allow interoperation among heterogeneous network domains operated by different organizations. Although inter-domain routing has been extensively studied in the Internet, it remains relatively unexplored in the Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) space. In MANETs, the inter-domain routing problem is challenged by: (1) dynamic network topology, and (2) diverse intra-domain ad hoc routing protocols. In this paper, we propose a networking protocol called IDRM (Inter-Domain Routing Protocol for MANETs) to enable interoperation among MANETs. IDRM can handle the dynamic nature of MANETs and support policy-based routing similarly to BGP. We first discuss the design challenges for inter-domain routing in MANETs, and then present the design of IDRM with illustrative examples. Finally, we present a simulation-based study to understand the operational effectiveness of inter-domain routing and show that the overhead of IDRM is moderate.

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  author =	 {Chau, Chi-Kin and Crowcroft, Jon and Lee, Kang-Won and
          	  Wong, Starsky H.Y.},
  title = 	 {{IDRM: Inter-Domain Routing Protocol for Mobile Ad Hoc
  year = 	 2008,
  month = 	 jan,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  doi = 	 {10.48456/tr-708},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-708}