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A Comprehensive Experimental Comparison of Event Driven and Multi-Threaded Sensor Node Operating Systems

Duffy, Cormac and Roedig, Utz and Herbert, John and Sreenan, Cormac J. (2008) A Comprehensive Experimental Comparison of Event Driven and Multi-Threaded Sensor Node Operating Systems. Journal of Networks, 3 (3).

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    Abstract

    The capabilities of a sensor network are strongly influenced by the operating system used on the sensor nodes. In general, two different sensor network operating system types are currently considered: event driven and multi-threaded. It is commonly assumed that event driven operating systems are more suited to sensor networks as they use less memory and processing resources. However, if factors other than resource usage are considered important, a multi-threaded system might be preferred. This paper compares the resource needs of multi-threaded and event driven sensor network operating systems. The resources considered are memory usage and power consumption. Additionally, the event handling capabilities of event driven and multi-threaded operating systems are analyzed and compared. The results presented in this paper show that for a number of application areas a thread-based sensor network operating system is feasible and preferable.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Networks
    Additional Information: ISSN 1796-2056.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 1496 cs_uid ; 387
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 41393
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 11 Jun 2009 10:09
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 01:46
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/41393

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