Power-Controlled Topology Optimization and Channel Assignment for Hybrid MAC in Wireless Sensor Networks

Eui-Jik KIM  Sungkwan YOUM  Chul-Hee KANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B   No.9   pp.2461-2472
Publication Date: 2011/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E94.B.2461
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Information Communication Technology for Highly Reliable Human Health Care Services)
MAC,  CSMA,  TDMA,  topology control,  logical channel,  wireless sensor networks,  

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This paper presents the design and performance evaluation of a power-controlled topology optimization and channel assignment scheme for Hybrid MAC (abbreviated PTOCA) in wireless sensor networks that require comparatively high data rate communications. In order to maximize the network performance, PTOCA is designed with a cross-layer concept of MAC and network layers, which provides multi-channel TDMA scheduling based on the information of the network topology optimized by transmission power control. The simulation results show that by using the proposed scheme, the network throughput and energy efficiency can be significantly improved. PTOCA is also more effective in improving the network performance when the nodes are uniformly deployed on the sensor field rather than when they are randomly distributed.