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Correlated packet reception can be advantageous for sensor network broadcast protocols. By exploiting link correlation information, researchers have devised efficient single packet flooding protocols. In this work, we use testbed experiments to gain insight into the behavior of link correlation-aware broadcast protocols. We observe that, in the presence of varying link correlation, traditional link correlation-aware flooding mechanisms do not perform well in disseminating multiple packets due to reliability requirements and redundant transmissions. We conduct simulations to compare existing link correlation-aware flooding protocols with two versions of a multi-packet dissemination protocol, where one uses network coding and the other exploits both link correlation and network coding. Simulation results indicate the potential of the latter approach to be used as a reliable multi-packet dissemination protocol in practical scenarios. We also compare this protocol with existing multi-packet dissemination protocols, and reveal cases when certain protocols perform better than others.
Date of Conference: 18-21 June 2012