Dissemination Protocols for Large Sensor Networks

  • Fan Ye
  • Haiyun Luo
  • Songwu Lu
  • Lixia Zhang


Dissemination protocols in a large sensor network typically take a data-centric paradigm in which the communication primitives are organized around the sensing data instead of the network nodes. A user expresses his interest in a given data type by specifying a query message, which then propagates through the network. When detecting a nearby stimulus that matches the query type, sensors generate data reports which traverse the network to reach the interested user. The large scale of a sensor network, the resource constraints of each node in terms of energy, computation and memory, and potentially frequent node failures all present formidable challenges to reliable data dissemination. The protocols must be energy efficient, robust against failures and channel dynamics, and be able to scale to large networks. In this chapter, we provide a brief overview and critique of the state-of-art dissemination protocols and discuss future research directions.


Sensor Network Sensor Node Wireless Sensor Network Node Failure Backup Path 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fan Ye
    • 1
  • Haiyun Luo
    • 1
  • Songwu Lu
  • Lixia Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUCLALos Angeles

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