Honeybee-Inspired Quality Monitoring of Routing Paths in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

Alexandros Giagkos, Myra Scott Wilson

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This paper discusses BeeIP, a reactive multipath routing protocol inspired by honeybees, and examines its performance for both connection-oriented and connectionless traffic within mobile ad hoc networks using a new modification to the algorithm for artificial swarming. Artificial agents follow concepts borrowed from the communication and foraging activities of real honeybees to detect new routing paths and maintain successful and robust data traffic. Paths are evaluated by constantly monitoring their quality based on a list of well-defined low-level parameters. The protocol is compared with the state-of-the-art DSR, AODV and its multipath version AOMDV using four benchmark performance metrics for both TCP and UDP traffic. The results suggest that BeeIP is able to achieve high packet delivery ratio, end-to-end delay and average receiving throughput, while it is shown second best in terms of control overhead for both transport layer protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Animals to Animats 13:
Subtitle of host publicationThe 13th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB2014)
EditorsAngel P. del Pobil, Eris Chinellato, Ester Martinex-Martin
Place of PublicationSpain
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-08863-1, 3319088637
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2014
EventInternational Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2014 - Spain, Castellon, Spain
Duration: 22 Jul 201425 Jul 2014

Publication series

PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland


ConferenceInternational Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2014
Period22 Jul 201425 Jul 2014


  • Adaptive behaviour
  • mobile ad hoc networks
  • routing


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