TA-MAC: Task aware MAC protocol for wireless sensor networks

Sangheon Pack, Choi Jaeyoung, Kwon Taekyoung, Choi Yanghee

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In wireless sensor networks (WSNs), reducing energy consumption of resource constrained sensor nodes is one of the most important issues. In this paper, we propose a task aware (TA) MAC protocol, which improves energy efficiency and throughput by introducing a channel access scheme depending on traffic load in WSNs. The amount of traffic load of a sensor node can be estimated by its task activity, where a task is an operation that the sensor node performs based on the schedule set by data dissemination procedures in advance. In addition, the sensor node collects neighbor nodes' task activities and determines its channel access probability using the collected information. Consequently, the sensor node can choose a more suitable channel access probability which is adaptive to its traffic load as well as neighbor's traffic load. We carry out performance analysis using a p-persistent MAC protocol. The results reveal that the TA-MAC protocol exhibits less collisions than the normal p-persistent MAC protocol and thus it achieves energy efficient operations. Also, it can been seen that the TA-MAC protocol improves system throughput compared with other protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE 63rd Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2006-Spring - Proceedings
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IEEE 63rd Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2006-Spring - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2006 May 72006 Jul 10

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Other2006 IEEE 63rd Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC 2006-Spring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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