ChinaCom2008-Frontiers on Communications and Networking Symposium

Research Article

A Mobile Agent Diffusion Routing Algorithm for WSNs

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/CHINACOM.2008.4685030,
        author={Yunfei Huang and Gang Wei and Shangkun Xiong and Jinglun Shi},
        title={A Mobile Agent Diffusion Routing Algorithm for WSNs},
        proceedings={ChinaCom2008-Frontiers on Communications and Networking Symposium},
        keywords={Mobile Agent; energy efficiency;diffusion},
  • Yunfei Huang
    Gang Wei
    Shangkun Xiong
    Jinglun Shi
    Year: 2008
    A Mobile Agent Diffusion Routing Algorithm for WSNs
    DOI: 10.1109/CHINACOM.2008.4685030
Yunfei Huang1,*, Gang Wei1,*, Shangkun Xiong2,*, Jinglun Shi1,*
  • 1: School of Electronics and Information Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China
  • 2: Mobile Communication Research Division, China Telecom Co., Ltd. Guangdong Research Institute Guangzhou, China
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Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is expected to have a significant impact on the efficiency of military and civil applications. Routing in WSNs is very challenging due to their inherent characteristics. Currently, many routing protocols have been proposed for WSNs, and energy efficiency is their primary objective. In the paper, a mobile agent diffusion routing algorithm (MADR) is proposed. It aims at low energy consumption than protocols that flood the whole network with query such as Directed Diffusion (DD). The MADR is to get a tradeoff between delay time and energy efficiency with mobile agent diffusion. It includes policies used for agent diffusion, sensor node and sink node. Simulation experiments show that MADR has the following advantages: (1) Quick response without flooding; (2) Energy efficiency with mobile agents.