SolarCode: Utilizing erasure codes for reliable data delivery in solar-powered wireless sensor networks

Yong Yang, Lu Su, Yan Gao, Tarek F. Abdelzaher

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Abstract

Solar-powered sensor nodes have incentive to spend extra energy, especially when the battery is fully charged, because this energy surplus would be wasted otherwise. In this paper, we consider the problem of utilizing such energy surplus to adaptively adjust the redundancy level of erasure codes used in communication, so that the delivery reliability is improved while the network lifetime is still conserved. We formulate the problem as maximizing the end-to-end packet delivery probability under energy constraints. This formulated problem is hard to solve because of the combinatorics involved and the special curvature of its objective function. By exploiting its inherent properties, we propose an effective solution called SolarCode, which has a constant approximation ratio. We evaluate SolarCode in the context of our solar-powered sensor network testbed. Experiments show that SolarCode is successful in utilizing energy surplus and leads to higher data delivery reliability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 Proceedings IEEE INFOCOM
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventIEEE INFOCOM 2010 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 14 2010Mar 19 2010

Publication series

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

Other

OtherIEEE INFOCOM 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period3/14/103/19/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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