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This paper concerns the comparative performance evaluation of protocols for clustering and backbone formation in ad hoc networks characterized by a large number of resource-constrained nodes. Our aim is twofold: We provide the first simulation-based detailed investigation of techniques for clustering and backbone formation that are among the most representative of this area of ad hoc research. Second, we delve into the nature of the selected protocols to assess the effects of the "degree ofdoi:10.1109/tpds.2006.52 fatcat:ruebzdc2obcwxapzh65fh6cy7y