Is the Clustering Coefficient a Measure for Fault Tolerance in Wireless Sensor Networks?
Distributed systems such as the Internet and wireless sensor networks must provide a high degree of resilience against errors and attacks. Besides steps that increase reliability of data and resources of the network, the topology structure itself plays a crucial role in the efficacy of the fault-tolerance behavior. The network topology is a supportive factor to reduce or avoid malfunction behavior of the system after a strike on a strategic node or a random failure of a node. For a self-organizing topology with numerous nodes, it is necessary to have a local fault tolerance measure instead of collecting information of the entire network to adjust the topology locally when needed.