2014 Volume E97.B Issue 3 Pages 610-619
We have already proposed a service discovery scheme using mobile agents for mobile ad hoc networks where node positions in the network and the network topology change frequently. Mobile agents autonomously migrate among nodes and then perform a given task at a node. In the service discovery scheme using mobile agents, mobile agents collect and disseminate services in the network so it is most important how the mobile agents migrate in the network. Therefore, we propose two types of mobile agent migration mechanisms in this paper. One is that mobile agents migrate to the nodes at which other mobile agents do not stay, the other is that mobile agents migrate to the nodes to which mobile agents can disseminate a lot of service information. Finally, we conducted simulation experiments to investigate the performance of the proposed migration mechanisms with respect to the service dissemination time and rate.