Title: The extra-bit technique for reducing idle listening in data collection

Authors: Aram Rasul; Thomas Erlebach

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK ' Department of Computer Science, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

Abstract: Data collection is one of the predominant operations in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). This paper focuses on the problem of efficient data collection in a setting where some nodes may not possess data each time data is collected. In that case, idle listening slots may occur, which lead to a waste of energy and an increase in latency. To alleviate these problems, successive-slot schedules were proposed by Zhao and Tang (Infocom 2011). In this paper, we introduce a so-called extra-bit technique to reduce idle listening further. Each packet includes an extra bit that informs the receiver whether further data packets will follow or not. The extra-bit technique leads to significantly reduced idle listening and improved latency in many cases. We prove that every successive-slot schedule is also an extra-bit schedule. We then consider the special case of linear networks and prove that the optimal length of a successive-slot schedule (or extra-bit schedule) is 4N - 6 time slots, where N ≥ 3 is the number of nodes excluding the sink. Furthermore, we determine the optimal schedule length for balanced multi-chains. We then consider the setting where two frequencies (channels) can be used for transmission and determine the optimal schedule length for chains and balanced multi-chains in that case as well. Finally, the proposed extra-bit technique is compared with the successive-slot technique with respect to the expected amount of idle listening, and it is shown that the extra-bit technique reduces idle listening substantially.

Keywords: WSN; wireless sensor network; transmission scheduling; oblivious schedule; extra-bit schedule; successive-slot schedule.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2017.086788

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2017 Vol.25 No.1, pp.31 - 44

Received: 08 Nov 2015
Accepted: 18 Jan 2016

Published online: 26 Sep 2017 *

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