On the Architecture and Performance of Blueweb: A Bluetooth-Based Multihop Ad Hoc Network

Chih-Min YU  Shiang-Jiun LIN  Chia-Chi HUANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E89-B   No.2   pp.482-489
Publication Date: 2006/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e89-b.2.482
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
Bluetooth,  ad hoc networks,  scatternet formation,  hybrid routing protocol,  

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In this paper, we present Blueweb, a new Bluetooth-based multihop network with an efficient scatternet formation algorithm and a hybrid routing protocol. The Blueweb is designed from the original idea of Bluetree. Blueweb's scatternet formation uses two mechanisms. One is the role exchange mechanism in which only slave nodes serve as the role of relay through the whole scatternet. The other one is the return connection mechanism in which we convert the scatternet from a tree-shaped to a web-shaped topology. Meanwhile, a modified source routing protocol is designed for Blueweb in which we combine the proactive method with the reactive method to discover the optimal path for packet transmission. Furthermore, using computer simulations we compared the system performance of Blueweb and Bluetree with both a static model and a uniform traffic model. With the static model we evaluate the scatternet performance and with the uniform traffic model we evaluate the transmission performance. Our simulation results show that Blueweb achieves superior system performance than Bluetree on both scatternet performance and transmission performance.