Date Added: Feb 2010
The authors consider a wireless sensor network in which a routing tree has been established to transmit the information from a set of source nodes to a data sink. The existing algorithms to schedule the transmission slots in a way that allows the data to be compressed as it moves towards the data sink are centralized or rely on interference models that fail occasionally. They propose a distributed TDMA scheduling protocol specifically designed for data aggregation called RandSched. RandSched tests whether the transmissions of different sets of nodes succeed simultaneously and only assigns the same slot to them if they have been proved to tolerate each other's interference.