Cooperative Data Caching and Prefetching in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

Cooperative Data Caching and Prefetching in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

Mieso K. Denko (University of Guelph, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/jbdcn.2007010101
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This article proposes a cooperative data caching and prefetching scheme for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs). In this scheme, multiple hosts cooperate in both prefetching and caching commonly used data. To reduce communication and computational overhead, we use a clustering architecture for the network organization. A weak consistency based on time to live value was used to maintain data consistency. A hybrid cache replacement policy that uses frequency of access and the reference time was employed. The effects of cache size, mobility, and prefetching threshold on the network performance were investigated in a discrete event simulation environment. The contribution of intra-cluster and inter-cluster information to overall data accessibility ratio was also investigated. The simulation results indicate that the proposed scheme improves both data accessibility and query delay at relatively lower prefetch thresholds, larger cache sizes, and moderate mobility.

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