Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Network flooding is a fundamental communication primitive for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). Flooding is used for disseminating code updates and parameter changes, affecting the operation of all nodes in the network. When flooding occurs each node, typically, broadcasts the flooding packet once. The costs for flooding, however, can become significant if neighborhood keys are used for communication (as proposed in recent research on secure localization and key distribution), since, instead of a single broadcast, a node is required to perform several unicast transmissions. In this paper, the authors address the problem of minimizing the number of unicast transmissions required for ensuring 100% network coverage for flooding in WSN secured with neighborhood keys.