MMSN: Multi-frequency media access control for wireless sensor networks

Gang Zhou, Chengdu Huango, Ting Yan, Tian He, John A. Stankovic, Tarek F. Abdelzaher

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Abstract

Multi-frequency media access control has been well understood in general wireless ad hoc networks, while in wireless sensor networks, researchers still focus on single frequency solutions. In wireless sensor networks, each device is typically equipped with a single radio transceiver and applications adopt much smaller packet sizes compared to those in general wireless ad hoc networks. Hence, the multi-frequency MAC protocols proposed for general wireless ad hoc networks are not suitable for wireless sensor network applications, which we further demonstrate through our simulation experiments. In this paper, we propose MMSN, which takes advantage of multi-frequency availability while, at the same time, takes into account the restrictions in wireless sensor networks. In MMSN, four frequency assignment options are provided to meet different application requirements. A scalable media access is designed with efficient broadcast support. Also, an optimal non-uniform backoff algorithm is derived and its lightweight approximation is implemented in MMSN, which significantly reduces congestion in the time synchronized media access design. Through extensive experiments, MMSN exhibits prominent ability to utilize parallel transmission among neighboring nodes. It also achieves increased energy efficiency when multiple physical frequencies are available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - INFOCOM 2006
Subtitle of host publication25th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventINFOCOM 2006: 25th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Apr 23 2006Apr 29 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X

Other

OtherINFOCOM 2006: 25th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period4/23/064/29/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Zhou, G., Huango, C., Yan, T., He, T., Stankovic, J. A., & Abdelzaher, T. F. (2006). MMSN: Multi-frequency media access control for wireless sensor networks. In Proceedings - INFOCOM 2006: 25th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications [4146903] (Proceedings - IEEE INFOCOM). https://doi.org/10.1109/INFOCOM.2006.250