Harmonizing MAC and routing in low power and lossy networks
2013 (English)In: 2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), IEEE , 2013, 231-236 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Medium access control (MAC) and routing protocols are fundamental blocks in the design of low power and lossy networks (LLNs). As new networking standards are being proposed and different existing research solutions patched, evaluating the performance of the network becomes challenging. Specific solutions that can be individually efficient, when stacked together may have unexpected effects on the overall network behavior. In this paper, we provide an analysis of the fundamental MAC and routing protocols for LLNs: IEEE 802.15.4 MAC and IETF RPL. Moreover, a characterization of their cross-layer interactions is presented by a mathematical description, which is essential to truly understand the protocols mutual effects and their dynamics. Novel metrics that guide the interaction between MAC and routing are compared to existing metrics. Furthermore, a protocol selection mechanism is implemented to select the appropriate routing metric and MAC parameters given specific performance constraints. Analytical and experimental results show that the behavior of the MAC protocol can hurt the performance of the routing protocol and vice versa, unless these two are carefully optimized together.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE , 2013. 231-236 p.
Cross-layer interaction, Ieee 802.15.4 macs, Mathematical descriptions, Medium access control(MAC), Overall networks, Performance constraints, Routing metrics, Selection mechanism, Communication, Medium access control, Routing protocols, Standards
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-141180DOI: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2013.6831076ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84904088178ISBN: 978-147991353-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-141180DiVA: diva2:695494
IEEE GlobeCom 2013 Global Communication Conference; Atlanta, GA, USA, 9-13 December, 2013
QC 201406032014-02-112014-02-112014-09-11Bibliographically approved