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Topology Control in Wireless Sensor Networks: What Blocks the Breakthrough?

Stein, Michael and Petry, Tobias and Schweizer, Immanuel and Brachmann, Martina and Mühlhäuser, Max (2016):
Topology Control in Wireless Sensor Networks: What Blocks the Breakthrough?
In: Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

Graph-based topology control adapts wireless topologies to achieve certain target graph structures. Wireless sensor networks seem well-suited for the expectations (in particular those on provided energy savings) raised by topology control. Nevertheless, topology control has never made the breakthrough in real-world deployments. This work explores the reasons for this, identifying five practical obstacles of today’s topology control: (i) unrealistic assumptions, (ii) unsuitable graph structures, (iii) application agnosticism, (iv) unclear role in the stack, and (v) insufficient framework support. To address the latter obstacle, we provide a re-usable framework for the implementation and evaluation of topology control. Based on this framework, we conduct a testbed-based evaluation for two application scenarios and three topology control algorithms including a novel application-specific algorithm. Indeed, the identified obstacles hinder topology control from boosting the application. However, the achieved graph structures show the practical feasibility of topology control in principle.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Stein, Michael and Petry, Tobias and Schweizer, Immanuel and Brachmann, Martina and Mühlhäuser, Max
Title: Topology Control in Wireless Sensor Networks: What Blocks the Breakthrough?
Language: English
Abstract:

Graph-based topology control adapts wireless topologies to achieve certain target graph structures. Wireless sensor networks seem well-suited for the expectations (in particular those on provided energy savings) raised by topology control. Nevertheless, topology control has never made the breakthrough in real-world deployments. This work explores the reasons for this, identifying five practical obstacles of today’s topology control: (i) unrealistic assumptions, (ii) unsuitable graph structures, (iii) application agnosticism, (iv) unclear role in the stack, and (v) insufficient framework support. To address the latter obstacle, we provide a re-usable framework for the implementation and evaluation of topology control. Based on this framework, we conduct a testbed-based evaluation for two application scenarios and three topology control algorithms including a novel application-specific algorithm. Indeed, the identified obstacles hinder topology control from boosting the application. However, the achieved graph structures show the practical feasibility of topology control in principle.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)
Uncontrolled Keywords: - SUN - Smart Urban Networks
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Telecooperation
Event Location: Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2016 12:59
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2016-0176
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