Title: Regression model based consensus for clock synchronisation of wireless sensor network

Authors: Guoyong Shi

Addresses: School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering, Department of Micro/Nano-electronics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Rd, Shanghai 200240, China

Abstract: Consensus is a process of reaching a state agreement throughout a distributed network under the condition of only exchanging information between nearby network nodes. In a finite dimensional state space averaging is an effective and scalable method to achieve consensus. In this work the principle of averaging is extended to a model-based framework for the purpose of synchronising the parameters of a linear model associated with each node. Each node updates the model parameters upon receiving a set of linear regression results sent by the neighboring nodes. It is shown that this formulation of regression-based averaging scheme is capable of synchronising all model parameters throughout the network. The regression-based model consensus strategy is then applied to the clock synchronisation problem of a wireless sensor network (WSN), where both clock drift and offset uncertainties are considered. Simulation verifies that the clock readings throughout a connected network can be synchronised by the regression-based synchronisation strategy.

Keywords: clock synchronisation; linear regression; model-based consensus; network coordination; WSN; wireless sensor network.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2016.10001461

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2018 Vol.26 No.3, pp.162 - 173

Received: 19 Jan 2016
Accepted: 29 Sep 2016

Published online: 01 Mar 2018 *

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