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A decentralised communication architecture for detecting selfish behaviour in wireless mesh networks

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dc.contributor.advisor Denko, Mieso K.
dc.contributor.advisor Banerji, Dilip
dc.contributor.author Saxena, Nikhil
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-19T14:27:07Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-19T14:27:07Z
dc.date.copyright 2010
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10214/25010
dc.description.abstract Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) consist of dedicated nodes, called mesh routers, which relay the traffic generated by mesh clients over multi-hop paths. In a community WMN, all mesh routers may not be managed by an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Limited capacity of wireless channels and lack of a single trusted authority in such networks can motivate mesh routers to behave selfishly by dropping relay traffic to provide a higher throughput to their own users. Existing solutions for stimulating cooperation in multi-hop networks use promiscuous monitoring, or exchange probe packets to detect selfish nodes. These schemes do not operate well when applied to WMNs which have multi-radio and multi-channel environments. In this thesis, we propose distributed communication architecture for detecting selfish behaviour in WMNs. The architecture adopts a decentralized detection scheme by partitioning the network into manageable clusters. The network consists of agents that monitor the behaviour of mesh routers in their cluster by collecting periodic traffic reports and sending them to the sink agents. The sink agents maintain the reputation of the mesh routers based upon their current, as well as, past behaviours. We discuss mechanisms for updating the reputation and isolating selfish mesh routers to enforce cooperation among them. To make the detection scheme more accurate, the quality of wireless links was considered in our study. We present the experimental results that evaluate the performance of our scheme in terms of its effectiveness, accuracy, and communication overhead.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject wireless mesh networks
dc.subject decentralised communication architecture
dc.subject selfish behaviour
dc.subject mesh routers
dc.subject Internet Service Provider
dc.title A decentralised communication architecture for detecting selfish behaviour in wireless mesh networks
dc.type Thesis
dc.degree.name Master of Science
dc.degree.department Department of Computing and Information Science
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