John S. Baras


Path Optimization and Trusted Routing in MANET: An Interplay Between Ordered Semirings

K. Somasundaram and J. S. Baras

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Networks & Communications (NetCoM - 2010), pp. 1-11, Chennai, India, December 27-29, 2010.


In this paper, we formulate the problem of trusted routing as a transaction of services over a complex networked environment. We present definitions from service-oriented environments that unambiguously capture the difference between trust and reputation relations. We show that the trustworthiness measures associated with these relations have a linear order embedded in them. Identifying this order structure permits us to treat the trusted routing problem as a bi-objective path optimization problem. We consider bottleneck trust and present polynomial time solutions to obtain the optimal routing paths in various bi-objective settings. In developing these algorithms, we identify an interesting decomposition principle for (min,+) and (min,max) semirings, which yields a distributed solution.

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