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f-MAC: A Deterministic Media Access Control Protocol Without Time Synchronization

Roedig, Utz and Barroso, Andre and Sreenan, Cormac J. (2006) f-MAC: A Deterministic Media Access Control Protocol Without Time Synchronization. In: Proceedings of the third IEEE European Workshop on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN2006). IEEE Computer Society Press, pp. 276-291.

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    Abstract

    Nodes in a wireless network transmit messages through a shared medium. Thus, a Media Access Control (MAC) protocol is necessary to regulate and coordinate medium access. For some application areas it is necessary to have a deterministic MAC protocol which can give guarantees on message delay and channel throughput. Schedule based MAC protocols, based on time synchronization among nodes, are currently used to implement deterministic MAC protocols. Time synchronization is difficult and costly, especially in energy constrained sensor networks. In this paper the f-MAC protocol is presented which can give guarantees regarding message delay and channel throughput without the requirement of time synchronization among nodes. The various trade-offs of f-MAC are analysed and discussed and application areas that would benefit from f-MAC are presented.

    Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 12911
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 07 Jul 2011 16:01
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 01:49
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12911

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