Stability analysis of stochastic sensor networks

Shi Chao Zhang, Pak Kin Wong, Daniel Grobe Sachs, Ralf Koetter, Douglas L. Jones

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Advances in VLSI technology and communication devices make possible low-power wireless sensor networks. Due to power limitations or dependence only on ambient energy sources, we propose a "stochastic" sensor network, in which each node may be active asynchronously for only a fraction of the time. Networking functions are accomplished by stochastic flooding. We determine the operating regime, namely that N · P A > 1, in which such a network is quasi-stable, so that the lifetime of the transmitted message is large and the message reaches its intended destination with high probability. The analysis shows the network is capable of supporting unicast and multicast communication, as well as active networking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1723-1727
Number of pages5
JournalConference Record of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
StatePublished - 2003
EventConference Record of the Thirty-Seventh Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers - Pacific Grove, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2003Nov 12 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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