Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Escolar S., Chessa S., Carretero J., Marinescu M. Cross layer adaptation of check intervals in low power listening MAC protocols for lifetime improvement in wireless sensor networks. In: Sensors, vol. 12 (8) pp. 10511 - 10535. MDPI AG, 2012.
Preamble sampling-based MAC protocols designed for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) are aimed at prolonging the lifetime of the nodes by scheduling their times of activity. This scheduling exploits node synchronization to find the right trade-off between energy consumption and delay. In this paper we consider the problem of node synchronization in preamble sampling protocols. We propose Cross Layer Adaptation of Check intervals (CLAC), a novel protocol intended to reduce the energy consumption of the nodes without significantly increasing the delay. Our protocol modifies the scheduling of the nodes based on estimating the delay experienced by a packet that travels along a multi-hop path. CLAC uses routing and MAC layer information to compute a delay that matches the packet arrival time. We have implemented CLAC on top of well-known routing and MAC protocols for WSN, and we have evaluated our implementation using the Avrora simulator. The simulation results confirm that CLAC improves the network lifetime at no additional packet loss and without affecting the end-to-end delay.
DOI: 10.3390/s120810511
Subject Communication latency
Preamble sampling protocols
Adaptive scheduling
Wireless sensor networks
Embedded and cyber-physical systems
Sensor networks
C.0 Computer systems organization. General

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