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The Ad hoc On Demand Distance Vector (AODV) routing algorithm is a routing protocol designed for ad hoc mobile networks. AODV is capable of both unicast and multicast routing. It is an on demand algorithm, meaning that it builds routes between nodes only as desired by source nodes. It maintains these routes as long as they are needed by the sources. Additionally, AODV forms trees which connect multicast group members. The trees are composed of the group members and the nodes needed to connect the members. AODV uses sequence numbers to ensure the freshness of routes. It is loop-free, self-starting, and scales to large numbers of mobile nodes. When an intermediate node receives an acknowledgement ak, it computes bk = h(ak). If it corresponds to the bk from packets it has routed before, the node knows the delivery of that packet was successful. It increases the reliability metric for the flow and rebroadcasts ak.

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