Delay-Aware Reverse Approach for Data Aggregation Scheduling in Wireless Sensor Networks

Syed M. Raza, Pankaj Thorat, Rajesh Challa, Seil Jeon, and Hyunseung Choo

Sensors, October 12, 2019


Many time-sensitive applications require data to be aggregated from wireless sensor networks with minimum latency. However, the minimum latency aggregation scheduling problem has not been optimally solved due to its NP-hardness. Most existing ideas rely on local information (e.g., node degree, number of children) to organize the schedule order, hence results in solutions that might be far from optimal. In this work, we propose RADAS: a delay-aware Reverse Approach for Data Aggregation Scheduling that determines the transmissions sequence of sensors in a reverse order. Specifically, RADAS iteratively finds the transmissions starting from the last time slot, in which the last sender delivers data to the sink, down to the first time slot, when the data aggregation begins. In each time slot, RADAS intends to maximize the number of concurrent transmissions, while giving higher priority to the sender with potentially higher aggregation delay. Scheduling such high-priority sender first would benefit the maximum selections in subsequent time slots and eventually shorten the schedule length. Simulation results show that our proposed algorithm dominates the existing state-of-the-art schemes, especially in large and dense networks, and offers up to 30% delay reduction.

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