Second International IEEE Workshop on Software for Sensor Networks

Research Article

Robust and Efficient Software Management in Sensor Networks

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/COMSWA.2007.382471,
        author={ Wolfgang  Schroder-Preikschat and Riidiger Kapitza and Jiirgen  Kleinoder and Meik  Felser and Katja Karmeier and  Thomas Halva Labella and Falko Dressler},
        title={Robust and Efficient Software Management in Sensor Networks},
        proceedings={Second International IEEE Workshop on Software for Sensor Networks},
        keywords={Application software  Embedded software  Hardware  Image sensors  Robustness  Software engineering  Software performance  Switches  Wearable sensors  Wireless sensor networks},
  • Wolfgang Schroder-Preikschat
    Riidiger Kapitza
    Jiirgen Kleinoder
    Meik Felser
    Katja Karmeier
    Thomas Halva Labella
    Falko Dressler
    Year: 2007
    Robust and Efficient Software Management in Sensor Networks
    DOI: 10.1109/COMSWA.2007.382471
Wolfgang Schroder-Preikschat1,*, Riidiger Kapitza1,*, Jiirgen Kleinoder1,*, Meik Felser1,*, Katja Karmeier1,*, Thomas Halva Labella1,*, Falko Dressler1,*
  • 1: Dept. of Computer Sciences, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
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Software deployment and updating of deployed code is a critical topic in the area of wireless sensor networks (WSN). Reasons are unreliable network connectivity, resource limitations of devices, and energy restrictions in general. Consequently, software deployment has to be performed with great care otherwise resources might be wasted or nodes become unavailable due to failed updates. The overall objective for software management in sensor networks is to enable a robust and efficient way to build deployable software images that take into account all the needs from application requirements to node-specific resource restrictions. In this article, we outline the current state-of-the-art for software management in WSN and (network-based) sensor network (re-)programming. We provide insights into three different approaches enabling a more comprehensive management of WSN while challenging the robustness and efficiency of software configurations and reprogramming. Additionally, we outline research challenges in the area of software management and sensor network operation.