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Computer Science Colloquia

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Sirajum Munir
Advisor: Kamin Whitehouse; Sudhanva Gurumurthi; John Stankovic
Attending Faculty: Sang Son

Olsson 228E, 15:00:00

Addressing Burstiness for Reliable Communication and Latency Bound Generation in Wireless Sensor Networks

As wireless sensor networks mature, they are increasingly being used in real-time applications. Many of these applications require reliable transmission within latency bounds. Achieving this goal is very difficult because of link burstiness and interference. Based on significant empirical evidence of 21 days and over 3,600,000 packets transmission per link, we propose a scheduling algorithm that produces latency bounds of the real-time periodic streams and accounts for both link bursts and interference. The solution is achieved through the definition of a new metric Bmax that characterizes links by their maximum burst length, and by choosing a novel least-burst-route that minimizes the sum of worst case burst lengths over all links in the route. A testbed evaluation consisting of 48 nodes spread across a floor of a building shows that we obtain 100% reliable packet delivery within derived latency bounds. We also demonstrate how performance deteriorates and discuss its implications for wireless networks with insufficient high quality links.