Scalable Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Wireless Sensor Networks
A notable feature of many proposed Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) deployments is their scale: hundreds to thousands of nodes linked together. In such systems, modeling the state of the entire system as a cross-product of the states of individual nodes results in the well-known state explosion problem. Instead, the authors represent the system state by the probability distribution on the state of each node. In other words, the system state represents the probability that a randomly picked node is in a certain state. Although such statistical abstraction of the global state loses some information, it is nevertheless useful in determining many performance metrics of systems that exhibit Markov behavior.