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GeoQuorum: Load Balancing and Energy Efficient Data Access in Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Luo, Jun
  • He, Ying
Publication Date
Jan 05, 2011
Submission Date
Jan 05, 2011
arXiv ID: 1101.0892
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When data productions and consumptions are heavily unbalanced and when the origins of data queries are spatially and temporally distributed, the so called in-network data storage paradigm supersedes the conventional data collection paradigm in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). In this paper, we first introduce geometric quorum systems (along with their metrics) to incarnate the idea of in-network data storage. These quorum systems are "geometric" because curves (rather than discrete node sets) are used to form quorums. We then propose GeoQuorum as a new quorum system, for which the quorum forming curves are parameterized. Though our proposal stems from the existing work on using curves to guide data replication and retrieval in dense WSNs, we significantly expand this design methodology, by endowing GeoQuorum with a great flexibility to fine-tune itself towards different application requirements. In particular, the tunability allows GeoQuorum to substantially improve the load balancing performance and to remain competitive in energy efficiency. Both our analysis and simulations confirm the performance enhancement brought by GeoQuorum.

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