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International Journal of Sensors, Wireless Communications and Control


ISSN (Print): 2210-3279
ISSN (Online): 2210-3287

A Secure Cluster Formation Protocol for Safe Consensus in Hierarchical Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

Author(s): Bharti Sharma, Ravinder S. Bhatia and Awadhesh K. Singh

Volume 5, Issue 1, 2015

Page: [19 - 31] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/2210327905999150521111326

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In mobile ad hoc network (MANET), it is challenging to design the efficient protocols to handle various coordination problems viz. mutual exclusion, leader election, and consensus. The paper presents a secure cluster formation protocol for handling consensus in the hierarchical MANETs. We segregate the faulty nodes during cluster formation through an authentication mechanism. The proposed protocol works in a layered hierarchy because the mobile nodes are grouped into various clusters at one layer and the cluster heads collectively form the next higher layer. Subsequently, we run a consensus protocol that achieves the agreement on a common value. The protocol is robust and fault resilient. We also present the proof of correctness to ensure safe consensus in a secure cluster.

Keywords: Agreement, Authentication, Cluster, Consensus, Mobile ad hoc networks, Validators.

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