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Mobility Management in Mobile Computing and Networking Environments

Mobility Management in Mobile Computing and Networking Environments
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Author(s): Samuel Pierre (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 32
Source title: Mobile Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): David Taniar (Monash University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-054-7.ch056


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This chapter analyzes and proposes some mobility management models and schemes by taking into account their capability to reduce search and location update costs in wireless mobile networks. The first model proposed is called the built-in memory model; it is based on the architecture of the IS-41 network and aims at reducing the home-location-register (HLR) access overhead. The performance of this model was investigated by comparing it with the IS-41 scheme for different call-to-mobility ratios (CMRs). Experimental results indicate that the proposed model is potentially beneficial for large classes of users and can yield substantial reductions in total user-location management costs, particularly for users who have a low CMR. These results also show that the cost reduction obtained on the location update is very significant while the extra costs paid to locate a mobile unit simply amount to the costs of crossing a single pointer between two location areas. The built-in memory model is also compared with the forwarding pointers’ scheme. The results show that this model consistently outperforms the forwarding pointers’ strategy. A second location management model to manage mobility in wireless communications systems is also proposed. The results show that significant cost savings can be obtained compared with the IS-41 standard location-management scheme depending on the value of the mobile units’ CMR.

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