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A Novel Distributed Clustering Algorithm for Mobile Ad-hoc Networks

Sahar Adabi1, Sam Jabbehdari1, Amirmasoud Rahmani1 and Sepideh Adabi1
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Journal of Computer Science
Volume 4 No. 2, 2008, 161-166


Submitted On: 30 June 2008 Published On: 28 February 2008

How to Cite: Adabi, S., Jabbehdari, S., Rahmani, A. & Adabi, S. (2008). A Novel Distributed Clustering Algorithm for Mobile Ad-hoc Networks. Journal of Computer Science, 4(2), 161-166.


This paper proposed a new Distributed Score Based Clustering Algorithm (DSBCA) for Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (MANETs).In MANETs, select suitable nodes in clusters as cluster heads are so important. The proposed Clustering Algorithm considers the Battery Remaining, Number of Neighbors, Number of Members, and Stability in order to calculate the node's score with a linear algorithm. After each node calculates its score independently, the neighbors of the node must be notified about it. Also each node selects one of its neighbors with the highest score to be its cluster head and, therefore the selection of cluster heads is performed in a distributed manner with most recent information about current status of neighbor nodes. The proposed algorithm was compared with Weighted Clustering Algorithm and Distributed Weighted Clustering Algorithm in terms of number of clusters, number of re-affiliations, lifespan of nodes in the system, end-to-end throughput and overhead. The simulation results proved that the proposed algorithm has achieved the goals.

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  • Ad-hoc Networks
  • Distributed clustering algorithm
  • Cluster head