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2014 28th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops (WAINA) (2014)
BC, Canada
May 13, 2014 to May 16, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4799-2652-7
pp: 366-371
Clock synchronization in a wireless sensor network (WSN) is quite essential as it provides a consistent and a coherent time frame for all the nodes across the network. Typically, clock synchronization is achieved by message passing using a contention-based scheme for media access, like carrier sense multiple access (CSMA). The nodes try to synchronize with each other, by sending synchronization request messages. If many nodes try to send messages simultaneously, contention-based schemes cannot efficiently avoid collisions. In such a situation, there are chances of collisions, and hence, message losses, which, in turn, affects the convergence of the synchronization algorithms. However, the number of collisions can be reduced with a frame based approach like time division multiple access (TDMA) for message passing. In this paper, we propose a design to utilize TDMA-based media access and control (MAC) protocol for the performance improvement of clock synchronization protocols. The basic idea is to use TDMA-based transmissions when the degree of synchronization improves among the sensor nodes during the execution of the clock synchronization algorithm. The design significantly reduces the collisions among the synchronization protocol messages. We have simulated the proposed protocol in Castalia network simulator. The simulation results show that the proposed protocol significantly reduces the time required for synchronization and also improves the accuracy of the synchronization algorithm.
Distributed Systems, Clock Synchronization, TDMA MAC Protocol, Wireless Sensor Networks

S. Watwe, A. Bhatia and R. Hansdah, "A Design for Performance Improvement of Clock Synchronization in WSNs Using a TDMA-Based MAC Protocol," 2014 28th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops (WAINA), BC, Canada, 2014, pp. 366-371.
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