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This paper studies data-centric storage (DCS) as a suitable system to perform data aggregation on wireless sensor and actor networks (WSANs), in which sensor and actor nodes collaborate together in a fully distributed way without any central base station that manages the network or provides connectivity to the outside world. The authors compare different multi-replication DCS proposals and choose the best one to be applied when studying data aggregation. In addition, the authors provide mathematical models for the production, consumption and overall network traffic for different application profiles. Those application profiles are based on the ability of a particular application to perform data aggregation and on what type of traffic is dominant, either the consumption or the production one. Furthermore, the authors provide closed formulas for each application profile that defines the optimal number of replicas that minimise the overall network traffic. Finally, the authors validate the proposed models via simulation.
Date of Publication: August 12 2011