MR-MAC: A Multiple Reservation Asynchronous MAC Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

Chen FANG  Lili QIAN  Guoliang YAO  Hao LIU  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E96-B   No.1   pp.317-320
Publication Date: 2013/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E96.B.317
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Network
Keyword: 
MAC,  reservation,  invitation,  wireless sensor networks,  TinyOS,  

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Summary: 
In this paper we propose MR-MAC, a new multiple reservation MAC protocol for asynchronous duty cycling wireless sensor networks. In MR-MAC, the receiver transmits a collection packet to the senders when it wakes up that asks for the number of packets each sender wants to send. Then each sender replies to the receiver according to the scheduled sequence with a short report packet. After getting the number of packets from each sender, the receiver assigns multiple batch transmission (MBT) for the senders and begins to initiate the transmissions. The senders then transmit packets to the receiver in a batch style as scheduled so that packets can be delivered to the receiver as fast as possible. Experiments on a Tmote-sky testbed show that our protocol outperforms other protocols in diverse performance metrics such as throughput, latency and energy efficiency.