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A Comparative Performance Evaluation of A load-balancing Algorithm using Contiki: “RPL vs QU-RPL”

Stoyanov, Svilen; Ghaleb, Baraq; Ghaleb, Safwan


Svilen Stoyanov

Safwan Ghaleb


The RPL (Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks) has emerged within constrained networks as the de-facto IPv6 routing standard, which entangles many concepts that make it a complex, albeit a rather flexible protocol. However, load balancing has been underemphasized, making it an essential and practical issue of RPL, given the resource-constrained nature of a low-powered and lossy network (LLN). In this paper, we aim at determining whether a suggested load-balancing schemenamed QU-RPL (Queue utilization based RPL) can be considered as a viable solution to the significant loadbalancing problem in the standardised RPL under some specific conditions. Hence, our results show that QU-RPL does not provide significant improvements over RPL under the simulated environment, and there is still a further need for the development of a more efficient load-balancing mechanism.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 25, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jan 25, 2022
Journal International Journal of Advanced Trends in Computer Science and Engineering
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 4
Pages 6834-6839
Keywords Internet-of-Things, Load Balancing, Low-power and Lossy Networks, Routing, RPL, QU-RPL
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