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A hierarchical model for distributed collaborative computation in wireless sensor networks

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2 Author(s)
Singh, M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Prasanna, V.K.

Clustering is an important characteristic of most sensor applications. In this paper we define COSMOS, the Cluster-based Heterogeneous Model for Sensor networks. The model assumes a hierarchical network architecture comprising of a large number of low cost sensors with limited computation capability, and fewer number of powerful clusterheads, uniformly distributed in a two dimensional terrain. The sensors are organized into single hop clusters, each managed by a clusterhead. The clusterheads are organized in a mesh-like topology. All sensors in a cluster are time synchronized, whereas the clusterheads communicate asynchronously. The sensors are assumed to have multiple power states and a wake-up mechanism to facilitate power management. To illustrate algorithm design using our model, we discuss implementation of algorithms for sorting and summing in sensor networks.

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2003. Proceedings. International

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22-26 April 2003