Topology-Based Mobility Models for Wireless Networks

Ansgar Fehnker, Peter Höfner, Maryam Kamali, Vinay Mehta

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The performance and reliability of wireless network protocols heavily depend on the network and its environment. In wireless networks node mobility can affect the overall performance up to a point where, e.g. route discovery and route establishment fail. As a consequence any formal technique for performance analysis of wireless network protocols should take node mobility into account. In this paper we propose a topology-based mobility model, that abstracts from physical behaviour, and models mobility as probabilistic changes in the topology. We demonstrate how this model can be instantiated to cover the main aspects of the random walk and the random waypoint mobility model. The model is not a stand-alone model, but intended to be used in combination with protocol models. We illustrate this by two application examples: first we show a brief analysis of the Ad-hoc On demand Distance Vector (AODV) routing protocol, and second we combine the mobility model with the Lightweight Medium Access Control (LMAC).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuantitative Evaluation of Systems
Subtitle of host publication10th International Conference, QEST 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 27-30, 2013. Proceedings
EditorsKaustubh R. Joshi, Markus Siegle, Mariëlle Stoelinga, Pedro R. D'Argenio
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-40196-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-40195-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems, QEST 2013 - University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 27 Aug 201330 Aug 2013
Conference number: 10

Publication series

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


Conference10th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems, QEST 2013
Abbreviated titleQEST
CityBuenos Aires
Internet address


  • Wireless Network
  • Time Slot
  • Mobile Node
  • Transmission Range
  • Mobility Model


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