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# Design of Evolutionary Algorithm Based Energy Efficient Clustering Approach for Vehicular Adhoc Networks

1 Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, 638060, India

2 Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Saveetha School of Engineering, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 602105, Chennai, India

3 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, 05006, Korea

4 Department of Software Convergence, Daegu Catholic University, Gyeongsan, 38430, Korea

* Corresponding Author: Woong Cho. Email:

*Computer Systems Science and Engineering* **2023**, *46*(1), 687-699. https://doi.org/10.32604/csse.2023.035459

**Received** 22 August 2022; **Accepted** 28 October 2022; **Issue published** 20 January 2023

## Abstract

In a vehicular ad hoc network (VANET), a massive quantity of data needs to be transmitted on a large scale in shorter time durations. At the same time, vehicles exhibit high velocity, leading to more vehicle disconnections. Both of these characteristics result in unreliable data communication in VANET. A vehicle clustering algorithm clusters the vehicles in groups employed in VANET to enhance network scalability and connection reliability. Clustering is considered one of the possible solutions for attaining effectual interaction in VANETs. But one such difficulty was reducing the cluster number under increasing transmitting nodes. This article introduces an Evolutionary Hide Objects Game Optimization based Distance Aware Clustering (EHOGO-DAC) Scheme for VANET. The major intention of the EHOGO-DAC technique is to portion the VANET into distinct sets of clusters by grouping vehicles. In addition, the DHOGO-EAC technique is mainly based on the HOGO algorithm, which is stimulated by old games, and the searching agent tries to identify hidden objects in a given space. The DHOGO-EAC technique derives a fitness function for the clustering process, including the total number of clusters and Euclidean distance. The experimental assessment of the DHOGO-EAC technique was carried out under distinct aspects. The comparison outcome stated the enhanced outcomes of the DHOGO-EAC technique compared to recent approaches.## Keywords

Vehicular communication for intelligent transport systems (ITS) is a quickly rising research area. Vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) exhibits unique features to mobile ad hoc network (MANET), but the unique feature of VANET (i.e., high mobility) differentiates it from MANET. The vehicles in VANET do not suffer from energy insufficiency but face several new challenges because of high mobility. A comprises automobiles linked with one another through a temporary assembly lacking any central access point. VANETs enhance road safety and offer comfort for passengers and drivers through the sporadic sharing of messages [1]. The shared data has status information (i.e., direction, position, velocity) of each vehicle, hazard warnings, and data regarding present traffic conditions. Every automobile was armed with transceivers to interact with the help of Wireless Access for Vehicular Environments (WAVE) [2]. Owing to the high mobility of vehicles, VANET contains dynamic topologies. In dynamic topologies, recurrent interruptions between the loss of messages and vehicles were frequent, particularly under the rising quantity of vehicles [3]. Thus, it is a challenge for interaction protocol to ensure dependable interaction for vehicular applications and scalable concurrently. One such possible solution for enabling scalable interaction in VANETs is clustering. Clustering splits up the network into logical subsets termed clusters. Every cluster can be constituted between nodes with similar features [4]. A Cluster Head (CH) allows both intercluster and intracluster interaction within a cluster. Fig. 1 depicts the framework of VANET.

In VANET clustering, the cluster head (CH) is essential in the procedure of cluster formation. The cluster is made in several means related to the input metrics [5]. The cluster member vehicle is named cluster member (CMs). Apart from CM and CH, certain methods utilize 2 CMs to interact with others because CH is named cluster gateways (CGs). Until mentioned as CG, all cluster members are termed as CMs. Single CH, 0/1/2 CGs, and any number of CMs are presented in a cluster [6]. The cluster formation depends upon the metrics like the vehicle’s average speed, direction, acceleration, vehicle degree, position, vehicle density, transmitting range, and many more [7]. CH can be chosen from the vehicles that have to be very stable among the vehicles that were participating. The remaining vehicles enter the cluster as CMs [8]. Thus, choosing a CH becomes a part of the cluster formation process, and no separate CM choosing criteria is needed. CMs and CH sustain a routing table comprising data of the CMs and CH of the cluster for intracluster interaction. But CM does not sustain some of the routing tables for others that can be sustained by the CH if required [9]. One main difficulty in forming the cluster was identifying the optimal number of clusters which is needed [10]. It follows that a higher number of clusters might lead to higher delays, and lesser number of clusters might leads to intermittent connectivity.

In [11], the complexity of clustering can be creatively converted into a cutting graph issue. A new clustering technique related to the improved force-directed algorithm and the Spectral Clustering approach was devised. It will take the average lifespan of every cluster as an optimizing goal; thereby, the stability of the complete mechanism is improvised. Cheng et al. [12] present a connectivity estimation-related dynamic clustering (DC) method for VANET in an urban scene. Initially, the author devises a predictive connectivity technique (CP) under the relative features and vehicle nodes features between vehicle nodes. After that, the author designed a DC method related to connectivity between vehicle node density and vehicle nodes. At last, the author models a DC method-related routing approach for realizing stable interactions between vehicle nodes.

In [13], a novel PSO enable multihop method can be devised for helping to Select the optimal route in the VANET and finding the stable CH and eliminating the malicious nodes presented in the network to avoid false messaging. The false may happen if the malicious node is presented in a network. Clustering refers to the method in order to constitute a set of the same node types. This study depends on PSO enable clustering and its significance in VANET. In [14], a new cluster-related VANET oriented evolving graph (CVoEG) technique can be formulated through an extension of the prevailing VoEG method for enhancing the dependability of vehicular interactions. Here, link dependability can be utilized as a criterion for selecting CHs and CMs. The presented CVoEG method classifies VANET nodes into an optimal number of clusters (ONC) with the help of the Eigen gap heuristic. A vehicle is chosen as a CH if it contains maximal Eigen-centrality scores.

In [15], a two-level technique for Primary User detection from the network was formulated. The received signal energy can be sensed, and Primary User can be identified by FL, and it can also utilize a threshold for the final selection of the Primary User. Other variables like average velocity, network connectivity levels, lane weight, and average distance with reliability by cognitive radio sensing were employed for choosing the CH by SDN. In [16], an enhanced weight-based clustering algorithm (EWCA) has been presented for solving such difficulties. The author will consider some vehicles moving on similar road segments and similar road IDs and within the transmitting range of their neighbour to be appropriate for the process of cluster formation. To choose a CH, the author found certain metrics based on vehicle mobility data. Every vehicle was linked with a predefined weight value depending upon relevance.

This article introduces an Evolutionary Hide Objects Game Optimization based Distance Aware Clustering (EHOGO-DAC) Scheme for VANET. The major intention of the EHOGO-DAC technique is to portion the VANET into distinct sets of clusters by grouping vehicles. In addition, the DHOGO-EAC technique is mainly based on the HOGO algorithm, which is stimulated by old games, and the searching agent tries to identify hidden objects in a given space. The DHOGO-EAC technique derives a fitness function (FF) for the clustering process, including the total number of clusters and Euclidean distance. The experimental assessment of the DHOGO-EAC technique is performed under several aspects.

2 The Proposed DHOGO-EAC Technique

In this study, a new EHOGO-DAC scheme was introduced for the effectual clustering process in VANET. The major intention of the EHOGO-DAC technique is to portion the VANET into distinct sets of clusters by grouping vehicles.

The VANET scenarios implemented throughout this study are in desert surroundings without any of the usual transmission facilities. This study will consider a group of vehicles functioning over a particular task. The presented method would assume the number of vehicles (N) split into several clusters based on their place. Every cluster (C) contains one CM and CH. Several vehicles within a single cluster can be denoted as

Here,

For a definite number of hops M utilizing

Here,

2.2 Overview of the HOGO Technique

HOGO can be described in 2 common phases: (i) form a time discrete artificial method in the problem, the primary position of the member, which determines the arranging parameters and governing laws, and (ii) pass the time until arriving at the stop time [17].

Assume a set of

Firstly, the first position of the game player is randomly generated on the game fields. This player moves to the hidden object according to the governing laws.

In the study, the location of the worst and best players are represented as

Here,

⋅ Paying attention to the voice generated by the coach for the player

An objective function has been used for simulating the voice generated by the coach. It implies that player with the best position is well suited, and consequently, they receive a louder voice. The voice generated by the coach is normalized, and later, it is evaluated as follows.

Now,

⋅ Getting close to the better player for whom the coach generated the louder voice

In these games, concerned the voice loudness, players try to guide the direction towards the player for whom the coach generated the louder voice and it is formulated by

In Eq. (9),

⋅ Receding from the worst player for whom the coach generated the lowest voice

In this approach, the player tries to move away from the player who has the lowest voice and the worst position, and it is evaluated by using the following equation.

Here,

⋅ Taking inspiration from the voice generated by the coach for others

Instead of worst and best players, every player tries to take the greatest benefit of others’ location. Now, every player measures the loudness of the voice generated for others and moves towards or away from the other players by comparing the loudness of voice. The roulette wheel operator is used for simulating this strategy. Consequently, the potential accumulation function evaluated in Eq. (5) is used for determining the influential player and it is shown as follows.

In Eq. (11),

Comparing the new voice afterward the move with the voice previous to the move and return back in case the voice gets low.

In this method, the player can be temporarily positioned on

Initially, players are placed at random in any portion of the game. At any time, player location is measured and later their dislocation is assessed according to Eqs. (4) to (14). The stopping criteria are defined afterward the passing of discrete time period. Fig. 2 illustrates the flowchart of HOGO technqiue. The HOGO algorithm is given in the following steps:

1. Determine the system space or atmosphere and the initial quantifying

2. Primary positioning of player

3. Evaluating the player

4. Determine the voice of all the players by the coach

5. Update the location of the worst and best players

6. Update the player location

7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 till the stopping criteria are met

8. Finish

2.3 Process Involved in DHOGO-EAC Technique

For clustering process, the DHOGO-EAC technique derives a FF, including total number of clusters and Euclidean distance [18]. The presented approach is adopted for Multiobjective optimization, where weight is allocated to all the objectives based on the condition of user preferences. The FF is calculated by the following equation:

Let, Wl and W2 be the weight of the

The function

The

The function

Now, ED refers to Euclidean distance, the location of

Now, n represents the overall amount of clusters. A lesser value of F2 function was desired. As lesser value implies the CH and the cluster node are closer to one another, thereby needing lower energy for data transmission. Then, add further objective functions to compute the FF and also by differing the weight based on the user requirement.

The experimental validation of the DHOGO-EAC MODEL is examined under varying levels of vehicle speed (VS). Table 1 offers a detailed clustering efficiency of the DHOGO-EAC model under all vehicle speeds.

Fig. 3 depicts the comparative PDR assessment of the DHOGO-EAC model under diverse VS. The figure portrayed that the DHOGO-EAC model has exhibited increased PDR values. For instance, with VS of 50 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC model has provided enhanced PDR of 99.12% whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM models have attained reduced PDR values of 54.78%, 88.41%, 93.92%, and 98.79% respectively. Concurrently, with VS of 60 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC method has rendered enhanced PDR of 99.07% whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM,and SOA-CM approaches have gained reduced PDR values of 53.84%, 86.10%, 92.82%, and 98.05% correspondingly. Parallelly, with VS of 70 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC technique has offered enhanced PDR of 92.29% whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM approaches have achieved reduced PDR values of 48.23%, 82.73%, 87.21%, and 87.43% correspondingly.

Fig. 4 portrays the detailed THROP assessment of the DHOGO-EAC methodology under diverse VS. The figure depicted that the DHOGO-EAC approach has shown increased THROP values. For example, with VS of 50 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC algorithm has presented enhanced THROP of 93369 kbps whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM techniques have obtained reduced THROP values of 86426, 87825, 88585, and 90830 kbps respectively. At the same time, with VS of 60 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC method has offered enhanced THROP of 91245 kbps whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM methodologies have obtained reduced THROP values of 87267, 88851, 89184, and 90028 kbps correspondingly. Simultaneously, with VS of 70 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC algorithm has presented enhanced THROP of 92726 kbps whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM approaches have acquired reduced THROP values of 86055, 86465, 88500, and 91340 kbps correspondingly.

A detailed routing control overhead (RCO) inspection of the DHOGO-EAC model is compared with recent models in Fig. 5. The figure represented the enhancements of the DHOGO-EAC model with minimal RCO values. For instance, with VS of 50 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC model has gained minimal RCO of 14.36% whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM models have resulted in increased RCO values of 37.70%, 31.04%, 26.12%, and 19.96% respectively. Also, with VS of 60 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC technique has obtained minimal RCO of 17.51% whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM approaches have resulted to increased RCO values of 42.09%, 36.04%, 29.15%, and 21.46% correspondingly. Additionally, with VS of 70 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC algorithm has obtained minimal RCO of 20.29% whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM approaches have resulted in increased RCO values of 45.22%, 36.98%, 35.87%, and 27.09% correspondingly.

Table 2 presents a detailed clustering efficiency of the DHOGO-EAC approach under all vehicle speeds and key sizes.

A comprehensive transmission delay (TDEL) review of the DHOGO-EAC method is compared with recent algorithms in Fig. 6. The figure signified the enhancements of the DHOGO-EAC technique with minimal TDEL values. For example, with VS of 50 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC algorithm has acquired minimal TDEL of 165 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM methods have resulted in increased TDEL values of 532, 397, 331, and 184 ms correspondingly. Besides, with VS of 60 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC approach has attained minimal TDEL of 156 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM methods have resulted in increased TDEL values of 564, 418, 377, and 177 ms correspondingly. Likewise, with VS of 70 km/h, the DHOGO-EAC methodology has acquired minimal TDEL of 200 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM methods have resulted in increased TDEL values of 753, 492, 414, and 229 ms correspondingly.

A brief key computation time (KCT) analysis of the DHOGO-EAC technique is compared with recent models in Fig. 7. The figure denoted the enhancements of the DHOGO-EAC approach with minimal KCT values. For example, with KS of 64bits, the DHOGO-EAC method has acquired minimal KCT of 1897 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM algorithms have resulted in increased KCT values of 3715, 3099, 3085, and 2198 ms correspondingly. Additionally, with KS of 128bits, the DHOGO-EAC methodology has achieved minimal KCT of 2092 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM algorithms have resulted in increased KCT values of 4073, 3540, 3491, and 2549 ms correspondingly. Furthermore, with KS of 256bits, the DHOGO-EAC approach has attained minimal KCT of 2204 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM models have resulted in increased KCT values of 4603, 4096, 3727, and 2652 ms correspondingly.

A complete key recovery time (KRT) review of the DHOGO-EAC method is compared with recent models in Fig. 8. The figure represented the enhancements of the DHOGO-EAC approach with minimal KRT values. For example, with KS of 64bits, the DHOGO-EAC technique has attained minimal KRT of 1.01 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM models have resulted in increased KRT values of 1.74, 1.71, 1.33, and 1.27 ms correspondingly. Besides, with KS of 128bits, the DHOGO-EAC approach has obtained minimal KRT of 1.33 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM models have resulted in increased KRT values of 1.97, 1.78, 1.65, and 1.45 ms correspondingly. Also, with KS of 256bits, the DHOGO-EAC method has attained minimal KRT of 1.40 ms whereas the GWO-CM, PSO-CM, KHO-CM, and SOA-CM algorithms have resulted in increased KRT values of 2.31, 1.92, 1.83, and 1.55 ms correspondingly.

In this study, a novel EHOGO-DAC scheme was introduced for effectual clustering process in VANET. The major intention of the EHOGO-DAC technique is to portion the VANET into distinct sets of clusters by the grouping of vehicles. In addition, the DHOGO-EAC technique is mainly based on the HOGO algorithm, which is stimulated by old games and the searching agent tries to identify hidden objects in a given space. For clustering process, the DHOGO-EAC technique derives a FF, including total number of clusters and Euclidean distance. The experimental assessment of the DHOGO-EAC technique was carried out under distinct aspects. The comparison outcome stated the enhanced outcomes of the DHOGO-EAC technique compared to recent approaches. In future, the performance of the DHOGO-EAC technique can be extended by the design of hybrid metaheuristic algorithms.

Funding Statement: This work was supported by the Ulsan City & Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) grant funded by the Ulsan City [22AS1600, the development of intelligentization technology for the main industry for manufacturing innovation and Human-mobile-space autonomous collaboration intelligence technology development in industrial sites].

Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest to report regarding the present study.

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## Cite This Article

V. Dinesh, S. Srinivasan, G. P. Joshi and W. Cho, "Design of evolutionary algorithm based energy efficient clustering approach for vehicular adhoc networks,"*Computer Systems Science and Engineering*, vol. 46, no.1, pp. 687–699, 2023.