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RIATA: A Reinforcement Learning-Based Intelligent Routing Update Scheme for Future Generation IoT Networks - 2021

RIATA: A Reinforcement Learning-Based Intelligent Routing Update Scheme For Future Generation IoT Networks

Research Area:  Internet of Things


Future generation Internet of Things (IoT) communication infrastructure is expected to pave the path for innovative applications like smart cities, smart grids, smart industries, and smart healthcare. To support these diverse applications, the communication protocols are required to be adaptive and intelligent. At the network layer, an efficient and lightweight algorithm known as trickle-timer is designed to perform the route updates and it utilizes control messages to share the updated route information between IoT nodes. Trickle-timer tends to generate higher control overhead ratio and achieves lower reliability. Therefore, this article aims to propose an RL-based Intelligent Adaptive Trickle-Timer Algorithm (RIATA). The proposed algorithm performs three-fold optimization of the trickle-timer algorithm. Firstly, the RIATA assigns higher probability to control message transmission to nodes that have received an inconsistent control message in the past intervals. Secondly, the RIATA utilizes RL to learn the optimal policy to transmit or suppress a control message in the current network environment. Lastly, the RIATA selects an adaptive redundancy constant value to avoid unnecessary transmissions of control messages. Simulation results show that RIATA outperforms the other state-of-the-art mechanisms in terms of reducing control overhead ratio by an average of 21 percent, decreasing the average total power consumption by 10 percent, and increasing the packet delivery ratio by 4 percent on an average.


Author(s) Name:  Zulqar Nain; Arslan Musaddiq; Yazdan Ahmad Qadri; Ali Nauman; Muhammad Khalil Afzal; Sung Won Kim

Journal name:  IEEE Access

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Publisher name:  IEEE

DOI:  10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3084217

Volume Information:  Volume: 9