Date Added: Aug 2009
Wireless sensor networks consist of hundreds or thousands of sensor nodes that involve numerous restrictions including computation capability and battery capacity. Topology control is an important issue for achieving a balanced placement of sensor nodes. The clustering scheme is a widely known and efficient means of topology control for transmitting information to the base station in two hops. In this paper, the authors propose an optimal algorithm with cluster balance taken into consideration, and compare it with three well known and widely used approaches, i.e., LEACH, MEER, and VAP-E, in performance evaluation. Experimental results show that the proposed approach increases the overall network lifetime, indicating that the amount of energy required for communication to the base station will be reduced for locating an optimal cluster.