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COSMIC: A Cooperative MAC Protocol for WSN With Minimal Control Messages

Over the last decade cooperative communication in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) received much attention. A lot of works have been done to propose a MAC layer that supports cooperative relaying. The majority of these works tried to adapt the IEEE 802.11 MAC protocol to sensor networks. The adapted protocols use a lot of overhead (such as the use of RTS/CTS as well as other messages used to allow cooperation) that consumes energy. In this paper the authors propose a CSMA/CA based MAC protocol that supports cooperative communication with a minimum overhead: COSMIC (A Cooperative MAC Protocol for WSN with Minimal Control Messages). Relay selection in this new protocol is performed using both the Channel State Information (CSI) and the remaining energy.

Provided by: France Telecom - Orange Topic: Mobility Date Added: Oct 2010 Format: PDF

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