Optimal Ratio of Direct/Multi-Hop Forwarding for Network Lifetime Maximization in Wireless Sensor Networks

Jeong-Jun SUH  Young Yong KIM  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E93-A   No.10   pp.1861-1864
Publication Date: 2010/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E93.A.1861
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Mobile Information Network and Personal Communications
multi-hop forwarding,  wireless sensor networks,  direct forwarding ratio,  energy consumption,  network lifetime,  

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In this letter, we discuss a forwarding method for maximizing network lifetime, which combines multi-hop forwarding and direct forwarding with a direct/multi-hop forwarding ratio of each sensor node. The direct forwarding ratio refers to the forwarding amount ratio of sensor nodes' own data directly towards a sink node in one packet/instance data generation rate. We tackle an optimization problem to determine the direct forwarding ratio of each sensor node, maximizing network lifetime, as well as nearly guaranteeing energy consumption balancing characteristics. The optimization problem is tackled through the Lagrange multiplier approach. We found that the direct forwarding ratio is overall inversely proportional to the increase of node index in h < i ≤ N case. Finally, we compare energy consumption and network lifetime of the proposed forwarding method with other existing forwarding methods. The numerical results show that the proposed forwarding method balances energy consumption in most of the sensor nodes, comparing with other existing forwarding methods, such as multi-hop forwarding and direct forwarding. The proposed forwarding method also maximizes network lifetime.