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A Qualitative Comparison of Different Logical Topologies for Wireless Sensor Networks
School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales 2678, Australia
Received: 1 October 2012; in revised form: 23 October 2012 / Accepted: 24 October 2012 / Published: 5 November 2012
Abstract: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are formed by a large collection of power-conscious wireless-capable sensors without the support of pre-existing infrastructure, possibly by unplanned deployment. With a sheer number of sensor nodes, their unattended deployment and hostile environment very often preclude reliance on physical configuration or physical topology. It is, therefore, often necessary to depend on the logical topology. Logical topologies govern how a sensor node communicates with other nodes in the network. In this way, logical topologies play a vital role for resource-constraint sensor networks. It is thus more intuitive to approach the constraint minimizing problems from (logical) topological point of view. Hence, this paper aims to study the logical topologies of WSNs. In doing so, a set of performance metrics is identified first. We identify various logical topologies from different application protocols of WSNs, and then compare the topologies using the set of performance metrics.
Keywords: logical topology; performance metric; flat topology; cluster topology; treetopology; chain topology
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Mamun, Q. A Qualitative Comparison of Different Logical Topologies for Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors 2012, 12, 14887-14913.
Mamun Q. A Qualitative Comparison of Different Logical Topologies for Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors. 2012; 12(11):14887-14913.
Mamun, Quazi. 2012. "A Qualitative Comparison of Different Logical Topologies for Wireless Sensor Networks." Sensors 12, no. 11: 14887-14913.