Convex Subspace Routing (CSR): Routing Via Anchor-Based Convex Virtual Subspaces in Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

Convex Subspace Routing (CSR) is a novel approach for routing in sensor networks using anchor-based virtual coordinates. Unlike geographical routing schemes that require physical location information of nodes, obtaining which is often difficult, error-prone and costly, the Virtual Coordinate (VC) based schemes simply characterize each node by a vector of shortest hop distances to a selected subset of nodes known as anchors. Even though VC based Routing (VCR) schemes benefits from having connectivity information implicitly embedded within the VCs, VCs lack the directional information available with physical coordinates. The major issues affecting routing using VCs are addressed. Due to local minima problem in the virtual space, the VCR schemes rely on backtracking or hill climbing techniques to overcome the local minima.

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