The effect of routing protocol dynamics on TCP performance in mobile ad hoc networks

C. Mbarushimana*, A. Shahrabi, H. Larijani

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TCP, the transport protocol used to carry the major portion of the internet traffic, performs poorly in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) as broadly reported in the literature. This is mainly due to the interactions between TCP and lower layers protocols. Among these, routing protocols have perhaps the greatest impact on the performance of TCP. In this paper, by extensive simulation, we evaluate how TCP interacts with some of the IETF standardised reactive (AODV, DSR) and proactive (OLSR) routing protocols under varying network conditions such as load, size and mobility. In contrast to most of previously reported studies, which have relied solely on TCP traffic, we consider a more realistic traffic carrying a mixture of Constant Bit Rate (CBR)and TCP. We also show how appropriate tuning of route expiry parameters in reactive protocols can improves TCP performance considerably while still generating less routing overhead.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetwork-Based Information Systems: First International Conference, NBiS 2007 Regensburg, Germany, September 3-7, 2007 Proceedings
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783540745723
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event1st International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems - Regensburg, Germany
Duration: 3 Sept 20077 Sept 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume4658 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems
Abbreviated titleNBiS-2007


  • TCP
  • Routing protocol
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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