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Journal of Information & Computational Science 10:17 (2013) 5457–5466

**A Multi-parameter Weighted Clustering Algorithm for**
**Mobile Ad Hoc Networks ***⋆*
a

*College of Communication Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China*
b

*Jiangbei Power Supply Bureau of Chongqing Electric Power Corp., Chongqing 401147, China*
**Abstract**
Clustering is an eﬃcient way of network topology management, and the hierarchical structure obtainedby clustering algorithm can largely improve the performance of Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET). Tobetter accommodate MANET, we propose a Multi-parameter Weighted Clustering (MWC) algorithmwhich takes into consideration three parameters: residual power, connectivity, and average mobility. Wealso designed diﬀerent average mobility parameter for two typical MANET models, that is, RelativeStability (RS) for Random Walk Mobility (RWM) networks and Moving Correlation (MC) for ReferencePoint Group Mobility (RPGM) networks. Simulation results showed that the proposed algorithm has abetter performance than HD and MOBIC in three aspects: topology simplicity, environment adaptability,and cluster stability.

*Keywords*: MANET; Clustering Algorithm; Node Mobility; Network Topology Management

**Introduction**
One of the key issues of MANET is dynamic routing. Relative studies have shown that perfor-mance and expansibility of planar network will be degraded with increasing number of nodes.

Belding-Royer’s studies have shown that communication overhead of MANET with n nodesbased on priori routing protocols is

*O*(

*n*2) [1].

RREQ (ﬂooding route request message) and
route creation delay of MANET based on reactive routing protocol will also increase with nodedensity and mobility. As a result, it is impossible to meet the requirements of QoS in applica-tion.

As a typical hierarchy, clustering is widely used in data processing, network topology control
and many other ﬁelds. In terms of network topology control, clustering have three major ad-vantages [2]: network capacity is largely increased because of spatial multiplexing; overload of

*⋆*Project supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (No. CSTC2009BA2064) and the
Fundamental Research Founds for the Central Universities of China (No. CDJXS11162236).

*Email address: *fengwj@cqu.edu.cn (Wenjiang Feng).

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route establishment can be signiﬁcantly reduced because of virtual backbone formed of cluster-heads and gateway nodes; and network becomes more simpliﬁed and more robust and easier tomanage and maintain. Further more, clustering support node mobility and network scalability.

However, formation and maintenance of clusters involves a large number of information exchange[3]. Local changes such as movement and node death may cause re-election of clusterhead andeven trigger global reconstruction [4]. All these lead to additional overhead. Furthermore, be-cause of dynamic nature, the conﬁguration of clusterhead is constantly changing, so the numberof clusterhead should be minimized. As a result, we should adopt a rational clustering algorithmto improve stability of clusters and reduce network overhead.

**Related Work**
In the past years, a number of clustering schemes have been proposed for MANETs. Some of themhave been described in details in the recent survey papers [3, 5]. These clustering schemes canbe categorized based on diﬀerent characteristics. According to the existence or absence of clus-terhead, they can be divided into clusterhead based clustering algorithm [6] and non-clusterheadbased clustering algorithm [7]. According to the number of hops between clustermember and theclusterhead, they can be divided into one-hop clustering algorithm [8, 9] and multi-hop clusteringalgorithm [10]. According to diﬀerent optimization objective, it can be divided into dominant setbased clustering algorithm [11], low overhead clustering algorithm [12], mobile-aware clusteringalgorithm [13], energy eﬃcient clustering algorithm [14], load-balance clustering algorithm [15],multi-parameter based clustering algorithm [6, 9, 16] and so on.

One of the most popular topology-aware algorithms is HD (highest-degree) algorithm [8] in
which node with the largest number of one-hop neighbors is elected as clusterhead. While theclusterheads are not likely to play their role for very long time, the increasing number of nodeswill reduce the throughput and degrade system performance. Basu et al. studied node mobilityand proposed a mobility clustering (MOBIC) algorithm [13]. MOBIC algorithm selects node ofthe least relative mobility in the set as clusterhead. Also introduced with cluster maintenancemechanism, MOBIC is eﬀective to avoid cluster reconstruction. The Weighted Clustering Algo-rithm (WCA) [9] which obtains 1-hop cluster takes more factors into consideration and makesclusterhead election and cluster maintenance more reasonable. But WCA has the drawback ofcommunication overhead and also the cumulative time of the node serving as clusterhead cannotaccurately reﬂect current battery power. Another multi-parameter based clustering algorithmis on-demand weighted clustering algorithm for adaptive (AOW) [6]. AOW require message ex-change only among adjacent nodes, thus largely reduce the control overhead. Weighted distributedclustering algorithm (CBMD) [16] is another multi-parameter based clustering algorithm. CBMDassumes a predeﬁned limit for the number of nodes to be held by a clusterhead, and successfullyimproves load balancing and performance of the networks. To maximize lifetime of the net-work and balance load, an energy eﬃcient clustering algorithm [14] is proposed. The clusterheadcan be replaced by candidate clusterhead after its continuous working time reaches the givenvalue.

In this paper, we propose a Multi-parameter Weighted Clustering (MWC) algorithm which
adapts to the needs of networks and dynamic nature of nodes. MWC makes network topologysimpler and makes sure stability of clusters.

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**Our Contribution**
**Principle of MWC**
As to clustering, we assume that there is at least one clusterhead in the neighbor set of eachclustermember, and each clustermember is only dominated by its clusterhead; if the diﬀerence ofadjacent clusterhead Stability Parameter (

*SP *) value is greater than threshold wth, then cluster-head of smaller

*SP *value will become a clustermember, and join the cluster with larger

*SP *value.

Our aim is to design an algorithm which can select appropriate node as clusterhead and simplifythe topology of the network. The election of clusterhead is based on metrics explained as below.

**Residual Power Parameter**: Because of heavier load, clusterhead consume more power

than clustermember. In order to balance power in the net, MWC takes residual power intoconsideration and elects node of higher residual power as clusterhead. Assume that nodes areable to obtain residual power through its own power management unit. The residual powerparameter of node

*i *at time

*t *is denoted by

*Ei*(

*t*), as

*Ei*(

*t*) =

*ei*(

*t*)

*/ei*(0)

*,*
where

*ei*(

*t*) and

*ei*(0) is available residual power and initial power of node

*i *at time

*t*, respectively.

**Connectivity Parameter**: The connectivity refers to the number of neighbors, and it is

inversely proportional to the number of clusters, that is, with reduced number of clusters, thenetwork topology become simpler. In order to form a simpler network topology, the connectivityshould be taken into considerations. Assume that information of neighbors can be obtained byinteractions with others, and

*ni*(

*t*) denotes the number of neighbors which has a direct link andone hop to node

*i *at time

*t*. The connectivity parameter

*Ni*(

*t*) can be deﬁned as:

*Ni*(

*t*) = 1

*− *1

*/ni*(

*t*)

*.*
**Average Mobility Parameter**: The main characteristic of MANET is the dynamic topology,

we designed diﬀerent average Mobility Parameter (

*M P *) for diﬀerent network model, RelativeStability (

*RS*) for Random Walk Mobility (RWM) [17] networks and Moving Correlation (

*M C*)for Reference Point Group Mobility (RPGM) [18] networks.

**a. Relative Stability (***RS***)**: It is designed for Random Walk Mobile (RWM) networks. Base

on

*RS*, we can elect a relatively stable node as clusterhead.Assume that node

*i *can obtain itsown location (

*xi*(

*t*)

*, yi*(

*t*)) at time

*t*, then the distance between node

*i *and node

*j *is denoted by

*di,j*(

*t*), as:
(

*xi*(

*t*)

*− xj*(

*t*))2 + (

*yi*(

*t*)

*− yj*(

*t*))2

*.*
The relative speed of node

*i *to node

*j *is denoted by

*mi,j*(

*t*), as:

*mi,j*(

*t*) =

*|di,j*(

*t*)

*− di,j*(

*t − *∆

*T *)

*|/*∆

*T.*
Then,

*RS *of node

*i *can be denoted by

*Si*(

*t*) as:

*Si*(

*t*) = 1

*− E*[

*mi,j*(

*t*)]

*/mth.*
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where

*E*[

*mi,j*(

*t*)] is the average speed of node

*i *to its all neighbors, and

*mth *is the threshold ofrelative speed.

**b. Moving Correlation (***M C***)**: It is designed for Reference Point Group Mobile (RPGM)

networks, in which there is a strong correlation in node mobility. So we can select a node withstrong correlation to the group as clusterhead.

Assume that clustering signal

*Cluster*(

*i*) is send every time ∆

*T *, during which the node measured
its location M times, so the time interval is denoted by

*τ *, as

*τ *= ∆

*T /M *. Then, we can get theequation as:
{ ∆

*x*(

*m*) =

*xi*(

*t *+

*mτ*)

*−xi*(

*t*)

*,*
∆

*y*(

*m*) =

*yi*(

*t *+

*mτ *)

*− yi*(

*t*)

*.*
The average speed and direction of node

*i *from time

*t *to

*t *+

*mτ *is denoted by

*vi*(

*t *+

*mτ *) and
∆

*x*(

*m*)2 + ∆

*y*(

*m*)2

*/*(

*mτ *)

*.*
arctan

*|*∆

*y*(

*m*)

*| × ***sgn**(∆

*y*(

*m*))

*,*
*di*(

*t *+

*mτ *) = (

*π/*2)

*× ***sgn**(∆

*y*(

*m*))

*,*
(

*π − *arctan

*|*∆

*y*(

*m*)

*|*)

*× ***sgn**(∆

*y*(

*m*))

*, *∆

*x*(

*m*)

*< *0

Macro speed and directions of node

*i *from time

*t *to

*t *+

*T *are denoted by

*vi*(

*t *+

*T *) and

*di*(

*t *+

*T *),

*vi*(

*t *+

*mτ *)

*.*
*di*(

*t *+

*mτ *)

*.*
Correlation speed and directions of node

*i *to node

*j *at time

*t *are denoted by

*Rs*(

*i, j, t*) and

*Rd*(

*i, j, t*), and the moving correlation denoted by

*Rsd*(

*i, j, t*) can be deﬁned as the multiplicationof

*Rs*(

*i, j, t*) and

*Rd*(

*i, j, t*), as:

*i*(

*t*)

*, vj *(

*t*))
max(

*vi*(

*t*)

*, vj*(

*t*))

*Rd*(

*i, j, t*) = cos(

*di*(

*t*)

*− dj*(

*t*))

*Rsd*(

*i, j, t*) =

*Rs*(

*i, j, t*)

*× Rd*(

*i, j, t*)
So

*M C *of node

*i *denoted by

*Ri*(

*t*) can be deﬁned as the average moving correlation of node

*i*
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**Description of MWC**
Based on the preceding discussions, we propose MWC algorithm which eﬀectively combines themultiple node parameters. The Multi-parameter Weight (

*M W *)

*W i *can be described as:
1

*Ei*(

*t*) +

*ω*2

*Ni*(

*t*) +

*ω*3

*Mi*(

*t*)
where

*ωm ⊂ *[0

*, *1](

*m *= 1

*, *2

*, *3) and

*ω*1 +

*ω*2 +

*ω*3 = 1, superscript of

*W i*(

*n *= 1

*, *2) refers to node

*i*,
and subscript refers to the type of network model. In this paper, we consider two types of networkmodel, i.e.

*n *= 1 and

*n *= 2.

*n *= 1 indicates RWM network in which

*Mi*(

*t*) refers to relativestability parameter

*Si*(

*t*), while

*n *= 2 indicates the RPGM network, and in this case

*Mi*(

*t*) refersto moving correlation parameter

*Ri*(

*t*). Here,

*ωm ⊂ *[0

*, *1] can be adjusted based on applicationrequirements. For example, for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), energy is more important andthe residual power should be given greater weight. On the other hand, if considering the eﬀectof node mobility, weight for average mobility should be given greater weight. Flexibility in theallocation of weight makes MWC algorithm adaptable to a variety of network environments.

We take RWM network for example. Nodes are in direct communication if and only if they
are within transmission range of each other. Each node send and receive

*Clsuter*(

*i*) to and fromits neighbors every ∆

*T *to have a better knowledge of its neighbors.

*Clsuter*(

*i*) contains

*ID*(

*j*),

*Status*(

*j*), dominant clusterhead

*IDC*(

*j*),

*W j*(

*t*), and others. Note that

*S*
ﬁned), CM (clustermember) or CH (clusterhead), and is initialized as UD, and

*W i*(

*t*) is initialized
as 0. Also note that each node computes its own value of each parameter cited above. MWC iscomposed of two stages. Both stages are described below.

**stage 1: Determination of status**
*step *1: Build a table of neighbors for each node

*i*, and compute its connectivity parameter

*step *2: Obtain residual power through its own power management unit, and compute its residual
power parameter

*Ei*(

*t*).

*step *3: Obtain the location of node j, and compute its relative stability parameter

*Si*(

*t*).

*step *4: Calculate the stability parameter according to 15 for each node.

*step *5: According to the

**updating policy **and the calculated

*W i*(

*t*) determine the status of

*step *6: Repeat Step 1 to 5 based on

*Clsuter*(

*i*) broadcasted every ∆

*T *for topology updating.

**stage 2: Updating policy**
Due to the dynamic nature of the network, the status of node can change with time. Based on
the current status of node

*i Status*(

*i*), there are three cases as displayed below.

**case ****1**:

*Status*=UD: If the MW value of node

*i *is

*wth *or more than the maximum MW value

of its adjacent clusterhead, that is

*W i*(

*t*)

*> *max

*W ajacent−CH *(

*t*) +

*w*
*th*, then, node

*i *will become
CH. If the case is on the contrary,

*W i*(

*t*)

*< *max

*W ajacent−CH *(

*t*) +

*w*
*th*, then node

*i *will become
CM. If there exists no clusterhead in its neighbor set, and its

*M W *value is higher than any otherUD neighbors, then it will become CH, otherwise, the node will keep the current state.

**case ****2**:

*Status*(

*i*)=CH: If there exists clusterhead

*k *in the neighbor set of clusterhead

*i*, and

if

*W k*(

*t*)

*> W i*(

*t*) +

*w*
*th*, then, node

*i *will become CM of the cluster

*k*. if there is no clusterhead

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in the neighbor set of node

*i*, then the node will keep the current state.

**case ****3**:

*Statusi*=CM: If its clusterhead disappear from its neighbor set, it will become an UD,

and it will go to

**case****1**. If the maximum

*M W *value of clusterhead

*k *in its neighbor set is more

than its own clusterhead, then it will become CM of cluster

*k*. Otherwise, the node will keep the

current state.

**Simulation**
In order to assess the performance of the proposed MWC algorithm, we made simulation andcomparative analysis of MWC, MOBIC and HD algorithms. We choose to study three metrics:

**Number of clusterhead ***NCH*: The number of clusterhead is closely related with the size and

number of cluster formed in the networks. It is an important way to evaluate the eﬃciency ofnetwork topology management.

**Number of re-aﬃliation ***NRA*: If a clustermember disassociate itself from its clusterhead,

and associate to another cluster, then the re-aﬃliation occurs. It is an important way to evaluatestability of clusters and the overhead of cluster maintenance. The higher the NRA, the lower thestability of clusters, and the higher the control traﬃc overhead.

**Number of reconstruction ***NRC*:

*NRC *refers to the phenomenon that a clusterhead abandon

its identity as CH, resulting in the reconstruction of clusters. This metric is an important indica-tion of cluster stability. If the number of reconstruction is reduced, the overhead of communicationwill be largely reduced.

As to the particularity of proposed algorithm, we made simulations based on diﬀerent scenarios:

**A. RWM-based simulation**
In this scenario, nodes move randomly according to the random point model in all possible
directions. The time interval is set as 1 second, and the update of cluster structure is done inevery 15 seconds.

*ω*1,

*ω*2,

*ω*3 are all set 1/3,

*wth *= 0

*.*2. Other basic parameters used in ourexperiments are summarized in the Table 1 below:
Table 1: Simulation parameters in RWM-based simulation
We take the average value of 50 simulations as the result, and each simulation last 15 minutes
Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 show the average

*NCH *of diﬀerent clustering algorithms for varying densities.

The ﬁgures indicate that

*NCH *is proportional to densities and transmission range. Note that

*NCH *of MWC is lower than that of HD and MOBIC.

Fig. 3 shows the evolution of

*NRA *according to transmission range for the three algorithms.

We observe that

*NRA *increase with the transmission range from 100 m to 200 m, while,

*NRA *willdecline when transmission range is larger than 200 m. We also note that

*NRA *of MWC is lower

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Fig. 3: Impact of transmission range on

*NRA*
Fig. 4: Impact of transmission range on

*NRC*
than that of HD and MOBIC. Fig. 4 shows the relationship of

*NRC *and transmission range forthe three algorithms. we can see that

*NRC *of MWC is the lowest of the three.

From the ﬁgures above, we can see that MWC obviously outperforms HD and MOBIC in RWB

**B. RPGM-based simulation**
In this scenario, nodes center around a virtual reference point and move according to the
reference point group model. Each node in the group has a closely related but relatively randommovement to the reference point.

*ω*1,

*ω*2,

*ω*3 are set as 1/4, 1/4, 1/2.

*wth *= 0

*.*2. The update ofcluster structure is done in every 15 seconds. other basic parameters used in our experiments aresummarized in the Table 2 below:
We take the average value of 50 simulations as the result, and each simulation last 15 minutes

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Table 2: Simulation parameters in RPGM-based simulation
Fig. 5 and Fig. 6 show the average

*NCH *of diﬀerent clustering algorithm for varying densities.

We can see that

*NCH *is proportional to densities and transmission range. Note that

*NCH *ofMWC is lower than that of HD and MOBIC.

Fig. 7 shows the evolution of

*NRA *according to transmission range for the three algorithms
in RPGM networks. Because of taking movement correlation instead of merely movement into
Fig. 7: Impact of transmission range on

*NRA*
Fig. 8: Impact of transmission range on

*NRC*
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consideration, MWC has the least

*NRA*. Fig. 8 shows the relationship of

*NRC *and transmissionrange for the three algorithms. we can also see that

*NRC *of MWC is the lowest of the three.

**Conclusion**
Clustering is an eﬃcient way of network topology control. Motivated by the challenges of clus-tering in MANET, we have presented a multi-parameter weighted clustering algorithm. Andsimulation results show that our algorithm has a better performance on average in three aspects:ﬁrstly, the formed topology is more simple and easier to be controlled; secondly, MWC has astrong environmental adaptability, and it can adapt well to changes in node mobility and trans-mission range. Thirdly, MWC can improve the stability of clusters, and reduce the overhead ofcommunication and cluster maintenance.

Further studies on identiﬁcation of network model can be done, and the clustering algorithm
proposed in this paper is a good foundation in network topology control, network optimization,QoS guarantees in MANET.

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