Date Added: Apr 2011
Wireless sensor networks have been attracting a great attention due to their wide range of potential applications. However, due to various limitations arising from their inexpensive nature, limited size, weight and ad hoc method of deployment, the power consumption is one of the major constraints in sensor networks. Moreover, it is well known that packet communication dominates the power consumption in wireless sensor network. Therefore, it is very desirable to reduce the amount of packet transmission as much as possible. Network coding can achieve this by improving network throughput. Thus, recently researchers have been emphasizing on how wireless sensor networks can get benefits from network coding.