Date of Award
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rusty O. Baldwin, PhD
Wireless sensor networks require specialized protocols that conserve power and minimize network traffic. Therefore, it is vitally important to analyze how the parameters of a protocol affect these metrics. In doing so, a more efficient protocol can be developed. This research evaluates how the number of nodes in a network, time between generated agents, lifetime of agents, number of agent transmissions, time between generated queries, lifetime of queries, and node transmission time affect a modified rumor routing protocol for a large-scale, wireless sensor network. Furthermore, it analyzes how the probability distribution of certain protocol parameters affects the network performance. The time between generated queries had the greatest effect upon a network’s energy consumption, accounting for 73.64% of the total variation. An exponential query interarrival distribution with a rate of 0.4 queries/second/node used 25.78% less power than an exponential distribution with a rate of 0.6 queries/second/node. The node transmission time was liable for 73.99% of the total variation in proportion of query failures. Of three distributions, each with a mean of 0.5 seconds, the proportion of query failures using a Rayleigh transmission time distribution was 14.23% less than an exponential distribution and 18.46% less than a uniform distribution. Lastly, 54.85% of the total variation in the mean proportion of time a node is uninformed was a result of the time between generated agents. The mean proportion of time a node is uninformed using an exponential agent interarrival distribution with a rate of 0.005 was 6.59% higher than an exponential distribution with a rate of 0.01.
DTIC Accession Number
Francik, Peter R., "Analysis of a Rumor Routing Protocol with Limited Packet Lifetimes" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2010.