Title page for ETD etd-10202006-084858

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shamanna, Ravilochan G.
Author's Email Address ravilochan@yahoo.com
URN etd-10202006-084858
Title Study of Reliable Data Communication in Wireless Sensor Networks
Degree Master of Science in Systems Science (M.S.S.S.)
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rajgopal Kannan Committee Chair
Bijaya B. Karki Committee Member
S. Sitharama Iyengar Committee Member
  • reliable message delivery
  • nack based rerouting
  • cross-layer optimizations
Date of Defense 2006-08-11
Availability unrestricted
A distributed wireless sensor network consists of numerous tiny autonomous sensing nodes deployed across a wide geographical area. These sensor nodes self organize and establish radio communication links with the neighboring nodes to form multi-hop routing paths to the central base station. The dynamic and lossy nature of wireless communication poses several challenges in reliable transfer of data from the sensor nodes to the sink.

There are several applications of sensor networks wherein the data collected by the sensors in the network are critical and hence have to be reliably transported to the sink. An example of such an application is sensors with RFID readers mounted on them to read tag information from the objects in a factory warehouse. Here, the tag information recorded by the RFID reader is a critical piece of information which may not be available at a later point of time and hence has to be reliably transported to the sink. We study the various issues and analyze the design choices proposed in literature in addressing the challenge of sensors-to-sink reliable data communication in such applications. A cross-layer based protocol with MAC layer retransmissions and NACK (Negative Acknowledgment) based rerouting of data packets is developed to overcome link failures and provide reliability. The protocol is implemented on TinyOS and the performance of NACK based rerouting protocol in terms of percentage successful message reception is compared with NACK based retransmission protocol by running simulations on TOSSIM. The NACK based rerouting protocol provides greater reliability under different metrics like varying network size, network traffic and percentage of failed links in the network.

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