Limited Flooding Scheme in Mobile Sensor Networks
Limited Flooding Scheme in Mobile Sensor Networks
Journal of Korea Multimedia Society. 2015. Oct, 18(10): 1225-1230
Copyright © 2015, Korea Multimedia Society
  • Received : July 31, 2015
  • Accepted : October 02, 2015
  • Published : October 30, 2015
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Ick-Soo Lee
Dept. of Information and Communication Engineering, Tongmyong University (E-mail
Eung-Joo Lee
Dept. of Information and Communication Engineering, Tongmyong University

Mobile Sensor Networks (MSN) is composed of a distributed collection of mobile sensor nodes, each of which has sensing, computation, communication and locomotion capabilities. Since the routing path can be broken when some nodes on the path move to other position, MSN may have a high rate of communication failure. So, MSN has to provide a means for low-cost and low-power routing to support mobility of sensor nodes. In this paper, a limited flooding scheme for routing in MSN is proposed to allow efficient energy utilization without requiring any complicated tasks for path maintenance.
Mobile sensor networks(MSN) have recently emerged as an important research area. It consists of one or multiple sinks and many low-cost and low-powered mobile sensor nodes, for example, mobile robots or mobile vehicles etc, distributed over some areas that form an ad-hoc network Mobility gives some obvious significances and potentials. Mobility makes the sensor network better acquire information. Each mobile sensor node has the ability of sensing data, processing data, and communicating with others via radio transceivers with some limited memory and processing capabilities, multiple sensing modalities and communication capabilities. The communication between the sink and sensor nodes relies on the relay by intermediate sensor nodes.
Mobility of sensor network can let the sensor network move to collect information that is needed, for example, when a sudden incident occurs, MSN can move, cover the interesting place and sense more the incident information. Moreover, mobility makes the whole sensor networks possess the self configuration ability. If some nodes in network cannot work because of some causes, the rest nodes can organize the sensor network again through moving, repair the network topology automatically and complete self-deployment [1] .
The deployment of distributed mobile nodes in complex environments creates demands for MSN in order to provide information, guide actions and decisions. This development has been spurred by advances in wireless sensor networks technology, computer networking, distributed computing and mobile robots technology [2] . In fact, mobile sensor networks have broad applications, such as environment monitoring, traffic surveillance, building structures monitoring, military sensing and information gathering, and so on [3] .
Data routing is an important function accomplished by a collection of sensor nodes which form a MSN while monitoring a specific phenomenon. Collected data are normally disseminated to a sink. The major challenge imposed by MSN lies in difficulty establishing routing paths due to dynamic behavior of topology configuration and the communication failure due to mobility of sensor nodes. Another challenge is the limited battery power (or energy), which is a critical resource since most often sensor batteries cannot be replaced or recharged.
AODV(Ad-Hoc On-Demand Distance Vector) shares on-demand behavior with DSR and the use of hop-by-hop routing and destination based sequence numbers with DSDV. Routes are obtained via a discovery process similar to DSR. A node satisfies the ROUTE REQUEST by sending a ROUTE REPLY back to the Source or by increasing the hop count and re-broadcasting to its neighbors. As the ROUTE REQUEST propagates from the source to various nodes, a reverse path is set up from these nodes back to the source. AODV ensures wider propagation of ROUTE ERRORS than DSR, achieved using a per destination predecessor list at each node [5] . Fig. 1(a) and 1(b) show an example of AODV operation [4] .
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Routing protocols for mobile ad-hoc network; (a)AODV, (b)Timing diagram of control message exchange,
In simple flooding technique each intermediate node forwards the incoming packet until it reaches the destination node. The simplicity of flooding makes it suitable for resource constrained networks such as MANETs or Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). Flooding schemes can be classified into four groups [5] : (1) simple or blind flooding, (2) probabilistic or gossip flooding [6] , (3)area based flooding [7] , and (4) neighbor knowledge flooding [8] . Simple flooding causes a high network routing load in the network due to the broadcast storm problem [6] , and as a result consumes high energy. Probabilistic flooding scheme has been proved to be more efficient than the simple flooding scheme [6] . However, the main challenge in the probabilistic scheme is to find the optimum probability P of the forwarded packets.
One way of establishing the optimum value for P is using simulations for a typical wireless scenario. However, as this optimum value for P could vary from scenario to scenario, this would require repeated simulations for all possible scenarios being considered. Therefore, it is not practical to identify a single optimum value for P. In [6] the authors established that the optimum value for P lies within the interval [0.65, 0.75] in networks with fewer than 1000 nodes. They also proposed P = 0.5 as an optimum value for network scenarios with certain node densities (150 nodes in a rectangular grid of 1650 × 1200 m 2) . Furthermore, it has also been demonstrated that for high node densities, the value of P should be set at lower values to avoid redundant packets. On the other hand, if the node density is low the value of P should be set higher to avoid die out problem [6] . Area based methods suffer from nodes’ mobility since nodes should update their locations periodically which causes an additional overhead [9] . Gossiping algorithm in WSN is able to reduce the overhead and transmit packets through already set up the path but it takes place the data delivery and problem of worst-case [10] .
As described above, routing protocols used for ad-hoc networks have to maintain path information for path reset process when the path is disconnected due to mobility of nodes. Connection failures bring about exchange of control messages between nodes for path reset. This may be a serious problem in MSN since a sensor node is generally configured to be suitable to special application, not common one, unlike ad-hoc, so utilized hardware also has limited calculating ability and memory. Actually, the size of a sensor node is very small, additional energy supply is limited once it is arranged to a sensor field. So, mobility of sensor nodes and thus frequent change of topology will shorten network life time of MSN due to frequent exchange of control messages for path reestablishment. Fig. 2 shows a situation when a communication failure occurs because of movement of a node.
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An example showing path failure due to a moving node; (a) Path is established, (b) A mobile node moves, and (c) Path is disconnected.
In this paper, Zone Flooding Routing protocol is suggested in which the sensor nodes in MSN setup a flooding zone that can secure connectivity in the mobile environments and transmit data generated by the mobile nodes to a mobile sink.
The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 provides a detailed description of Zone Flooding Routing protocol. Section 3 provides the performance evaluation of the protocol. Section 4 concludes and points out future work.
In this paper, we propose a routing protocol based on a limited flooding strategy to perform communications between a set of mobile sensors and a fixed sink in MSN. The model we assume constitutes of a uniformly distributed set of sensors inside a given flat surface. The only thing that each sensor needs to know in order to participate in the protocol is its own location and the location of the sink. We suppose that one sink is fixed and that the sensor nodes move with a certain mobility characteristics at a certain speed.
In our scheme, each node sets up a flooding zone to forward its data to the sink once it has sensed data. The flooding zone has a shape of narrow band which is made using a straight line connecting the sink and the source node as illustrated in Fig. 3(a) . The flooding zone is used to limit the flooding process in a specific area. In other words, only nodes inside the flooding zone can forward data toward the sink on receiving it as shown in Fig. 3(b) . Nodes located outside the flooding zone cannot participate in the flooding process as depicted in Fig. 3(a) .
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Concept of limited flooding method; (a) Flooding Zone, (b) Nodes inside flooding zone, and (c) Node outside flooding zone.
In our scheme, each node determines whether or not to forward a message to its neighbors when it receives one. If the distance from a node to a straight line which falls plumb down on a straight line connecting between the sink and the source in the node is shorter than the flooding zone width(denoted by W ), it is considered to be located within the flooding zone as shown in Fig. 3(a) . Assuming that a mobile sensor node is located at a coordinate ( x 1 , y 1 ), then the distance(denoted by d ) from the node to line connecting between the sink and the source, expressed by a linear equation ax + by + c =0, is given by
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So, we can say that each node joins data forwarding process if d W . To put it the other way around, the node discards a message if the distance to the straight line is greater than the flooding zone width if d > W .
This kind of flooding can be an efficient method for data delivery when there is a possibility of frequent changes of topology due to connection failure by movement of nodes. This scheme can reduce energy consumption and overhead for path reset necessary against the problems such as path setup, maintenance and disconnection. The most important factor affecting performance of our scheme is zone width.
We evaluate the performance of our Zone Flooding Routing protocol through computer simulation. We focus on evaluation of the performance measures in the connectivity, energy consumption, and number of transmissions required sends to data from sources and sink. Simulation is carried out using a random deployed network whose size is 100×100 m 2 . Other simulation parameters used for simulation are listed in Table 1 .
Simulation parameters
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Simulation parameters
Fig. 4(a) shows the average energy consumption as we vary zone width and/or node density. We can see that the average energy consumption at each node increases as node density gets higher or the zone becomes wider. Fig. 4(b) and 4(c) also show that the average energy consumption increases as the distance from source to sink gets away, or the zone gets wider, or the transmission range becomes larger. This is because more nodes will participate in transmission tasks for these cases.
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Average energy consumption at each node.
Fig. 5 shows the average number of transmissions at each node when the zone width is varied. This Fig. 5. indicates that average number of transmissions also increases as node density becomes higher or as the flooding zone gets wider. This can be inferred from the fact that as there are more nodes participating in flooding, the number of transmissions for sending and receiving increases.
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Average number of transmissions at each node versus zone width and node density.
We resented a Zone Flooding Routing protocol for Mobile Sensor Networks to save energy consumption necessary for path reset when a routing path is disconnected due to frequent movement of nodes. In Zone Flooding Routing protocol, a flooding zone is setup and data forwarding is performed only at nodes located within it; data is discarded at nodes outside the flooding zone.
One of the important factors in flooding zone setup is how to determine the zone width. The factors to be considered for determining the zone width include node distribution density in a sensing field, distance between a sink and a source node, mobile speed, transmission radius of a node, etc. We evaluate our scheme by examining energy efficiency, and number of transmissions with varying node density, distance from source to sink, and transmission range.
Ick-Soo Lee
received his B.S. degree in computer engineering from Dongseo University, Busan, Korea, in 2001 and the M.S. degrees in computer engineering from Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea, in 2003. He is currently a Ph.D candidate of department of information and communication engineering from Tongmyong University, Busan, Korea. His research interests mobile Sensor Networks(MSN), Mobile communication, Internet of Things(IoT) and Routing.
Eung-Joo Lee
received his B. S., M. S. and Ph. D. in Electronic Engineering from Kyungpook National University, Korea, in 1990, 1992, and Aug. 1996, respectively. Since 1997, he has been with the Department of Information & Communications Engineering, Tongmyong University, Korea, where he is currently a professor. From 2000 to July 2002, he was a president of Digital Net Bank Inc. From 2005 to July 2006, he was a visiting professor in the Department of Computer and Information Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University, China. His main research interests include biometrics, image processing, and computer vision.
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