Service Differentiation in Sensor Networks
Source: Rutgers University
Recent technological advances have made it possible to have large wireless ad-hoc networks of small devices. The prime purpose of such sensor networks is to disseminate information about the environment they sense. The authors observe that information provided may have different levels of importance and argue that the sensor networks should be willing to spend more resources in disseminating packets carrying more important information. In this paper, they introduce the concept of service differentiation as applicable to sensor networks, highlight its fundamental differences with normal data networks and define the relevant metrics. Various mechanisms which may provide services compatible with the packet priority levels are proposed.