Explicit and Precise Rate Control for Wireless Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

The state of the art congestion control algorithms for wireless sensor networks respond to coarse-grained feedback regarding available capacity in the network with an additive increase multiplicative decrease mechanism to set source rates. Providing precise feedback is challenging in wireless networks because link capacities vary with traffic on interfering links. The authors address this challenge by applying a receiver capacity model that associates capacities with nodes instead of links, and use it to develop and implement the first explicit and precise distributed rate-based congestion control protocol for wireless sensor networks - the Wireless Rate Control Protocol (WRCP).

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