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A service-oriented approach to topology formation and resource discovery in wireless ad-hoc networks Gonzalez Valenzuela, Sergio


The past few years have witnessed a significant evolution in mobile computing and communications, in which new trends and applications have the traditional role of computer networks into that of distributed service providers. In this thesis we explore an alternative way to form wireless ad-hoc networks whose topologies can be customized as required by the users’ software applications. In particular, we investigate the applicability of mobile codes to networks created by devices equipped with Bluetooth technology. Computer simulations results suggest that our proposed approach can achieve this task effectively, while matching the level of efficiency seen in other salient proposals in this area. This thesis also addresses the issue of service discovery in mobile ad-hoc networks. We propose the use of a directory whose network location varies in an attempt to reduce traffic overhead driven by users’ hosts looking for service information. We refer to this scheme as the Service Directory Placement Algorithm, or SDPA. We formulate the directory relocation problem as a Markov Decision Process that is solved by using Q-learning. Performance evaluations through computer simulations reveal bandwidth overhead reductions that range between 40% and 48% when compared with a basic broadcast flooding approach for networks comprising hosts moving at pedestrian speeds. We then extend our proposed approach and introduce a multi-directory service discovery system called the Service Directory Placement Protocol, or SDPP. Our findings reveal bandwidth overhead reductions typically ranging from 15% to 75% in networks comprising slow-moving hosts with restricted memory availability. In the fourth and final part of this work, we present the design foundations and architecture of a middleware system that called WISEMAN – WIreless Sensors Employing Mobile Agents. We employ WISEMAN for dispatching and processing mobile programs in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). Our proposed system enables the dynamic creation of semantic relationships between network nodes that cooperate to provide an aggregate service. We present discussions on the advantages of our proposed approach, and in particular, how WISEMAN facilitates the realization of service-oriented tasks in WSNs.

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