Data Management

RBO Protocol: Broadcasting Huge Databases for Tiny Receivers

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Executive Summary

The authors propose a protocol (called RBO) for broadcasting long streams of single-packet messages over radio channel for tiny, battery powered, receivers. The messages are labeled by the keys from some linearly ordered set. The sender repeatedly broadcasts a sequence of many (possibly millions) of messages, while each receiver is interested in reception of a message with a specified key within this sequence. The transmission is arranged so that the receiver can wake up in arbitrary moment and find the nearest transmission of its searched message. Even if it does not know the position of the message in the sequence, it needs only to receive a small number of (the headers of) other messages to locate it properly.

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