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Long-Term Clock Synchronization in Wireless Sensor Networks with Arbitrary Delay Distributions

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Executive Summary

Clock synchronization is a crucial issue in the operation of wireless sensor networks. Although the existing synchronization algorithms under linear clock model assumptions perform well for short periods, they will become problematic for applications with long-term requirements. In this paper, the authors consider a more realistic and flexible relationship model for two clocks and exploit a Taylor expansion to approximate the relationship. Based on this model and a two-way time message exchange procedure, an estimation algorithm is proposed to recover the relationship and then achieve the synchronization.

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