A contention-based service scheduling protocol for multi-node multi-server wireless sensor networks

Dawood Al-Abri, Janise McNair

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Many protocols designed for wireless sensor networks require the existence of special purpose nodes distributed throughout the network to perform such services as aggregation, access coordination, etc. To avoid inter-node interference, it is desirable to schedule beforehand the nodes that will interact with the servers in a given time interval. Previous solutions either assume a fully connected network with a single server or clustered architecture with one server per cluster and no inter-cluster interference. In this paper, we propose a contention-based protocol for scheduling service requests by nodes in environments with multiple servers without any assumption about clustering. We describe two versions of our protocol: one based on random backoff and the other on truncated binary exponential backoff. Results show that a high number of requests can be fulfilled within a reasonable response delay and its performance is better than TDMA-like clustering-based schemes when the interference between clusters is taken into account.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2008 - Assuring Mission Success - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Nov 17 2008Nov 19 2008


Other2008 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2008 - Assuring Mission Success
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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