A Scalable Multi-Sink Gradient-Based Routing Protocol for Traffic Load Balancing
Wireless sensor networks have been assumed to consist of a single sink and multiple sensor nodes which do not have mobility. In these networks, sensor nodes near the sink dissipate their energy so fast due to their many-to-one traffic pattern, and finally they die early. This uneven energy depletion phenomenon known as the hot spot problem becomes more serious as the number of sensor nodes (i.e., their scale) increases. Recently, multi-sink wireless sensor networks have been envisioned to solve the hot spot problem. Gradient routing protocols are known to be appropriate for the networks in that network traffic is evenly distributed to multiple sinks to prolong network lifetime and they are scalable.