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GTS allocation analysis in IEEE 802.15.4 for real-time wireless sensor networks

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3 Author(s)
Koubaa, A. ; IPP-HURRAY Res. Group, Porto Rua Polytech. Inst. ; Alves, M. ; Tovar, E.

The IEEE 802.15.4 protocol proposes a flexible communication solution for low-rate wireless personal area networks including sensor networks. It presents the advantage to fit different requirements of potential applications by adequately setting its parameters. When enabling its beacon mode, the protocol makes possible real-time guarantees by using its guaranteed time slot (GTS) mechanism. This paper analyses the performance of the GTS allocation mechanism in IEEE 802.15.4. The analysis gives a full understanding of the behavior of the GTS mechanism with regards to delay and throughput metrics. First, we propose two accurate models of service curves for a GTS allocation as a function of the IEEE 802.15.4 parameters. We then evaluate the delay bounds guaranteed by an allocation of a GTS using network calculus formalism. Finally, based on the analytic results, we analyse the impact of the IEEE 802.15.4 parameters on the throughput and delay bound guaranteed by a GTS allocation. The results of this work pave the way for an efficient dimensioning of an IEEE 802.15.4 cluster

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2006. IPDPS 2006. 20th International

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25-29 April 2006