Analysis of Utility-Based Data Dissemination Approaches in VANETs

Ramon de Souza Schwartz, Anthony E. Ohazulike, Anthony Ohazulike, H.W. van Dijk, Johan Scholten

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By disseminating data through Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs), vehicles are able to share relevant sensor data to acquire information about accidents, traffic, and even pollution. Data relevance is measured by a utility function which considers the contextual information that vehicles currently have about their environment. To be effective, data dissemination protocols must cope with intermittent connectivity due to the high speeds of vehicles. Problems arise when not all data can be exchanged due to the limited time available. In this paper, we explore and compare two fundamentally distinct approaches to tackling this problem. The first aims to maximize the system efficiency. In contrast, the second trades efficiency by a fair data distribution over vehicles by means of Nash Bargaining as used in game theory. By means of an extensive simulation campaign, an approach relying on fairness is shown to outperform efficiency in terms of delivery ratio, Jain’s fairness index, sum of utility gains, number of hops and number of files downloaded.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication4th International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WIVEC 2011) - VTC 2011 Fall
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIEEE Vehicular Technology Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-8328-0
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2011
EventThe IEEE 4th International symposium on Wireless vehicular communications (WIVeC): 4th International symposium on Wireless vehicular communications (WIVeC), 5-6 September 2011, San Francisco, USA. - San Fransisco
Duration: 5 Sep 20116 Sep 2011

Publication series

PublisherIEEE Vehicular Technology Society
ISSN (Print)1090-3038


ConferenceThe IEEE 4th International symposium on Wireless vehicular communications (WIVeC)
CitySan Fransisco


  • METIS-275540
  • Data Dissemination
  • IR-78783
  • EWI-20612
  • Vehicular Sensor Networks (VSNs)
  • CR-C.2
  • Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs)

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