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Research Article Open Access
Mobile Ad hoc networks face serious drawbacks regarding the allocation of addresses to the nodes. This challenge is mainly because MANET nodes are primarily distributed and they do not have predefined infrastructure. The existing ad hoc network addressing protocols have not been completely successful in handling address collisions because of leaving and/or joining nodes, and frequently occurring network partitions. To overcome such undesirable scenarios, we propose an efficient protocol based on a distributed database containing addresses stored in filters. This approach will allow the network to be functional despite frequent network partitions and packet losses. We consider the cases such as initializing a network, merging of existing partitions and joining of new nodes in a network for evaluating the performance of our protocol. We can prove through simulation results that our protocol is highly efficient in handling the address collisions and reducing the control traffic load.