Determination of Optimal Number of Clusters in Wireless Sensor Networks
Prolonged network lifetime, scalability and efficient load balancing are essential for optimal performance of a wireless sensor network. Clustering provides an effective way of extending the lifetime of a sensor network. Clustering is the process that divides sensor networks into smaller localized group (called clusters) of members with a cluster head. Clustering protocols need to elect optimal number of clusters in hierarchically structured wireless sensor networks. Any clustering scheme that elects clusters uniformly (irrespective of the distance from Base Station) incurs excessive energy usage on clusters proximal and distant to Base Station.