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Comprehensive evaluation of the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer performance with retransmissions
Faridi, Azadeh; Palattella, Maria Rita; Lozano Solsona, Àngel; Dohler, Mischa; Boggia, Gennaro; Grieco, Luigi Alfredo; Camarda, Pietro
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Supported by IEEE 802.15.4 standardization activities, embedded networks have been gaining popularity in recent years. The focus of this paper is to quantify the behavior of key networking metrics of IEEE 802.15.4 beacon-enabled nodes under typical operating conditions, with the inclusion of packet retransmissions. We corrected and extended previous analyses by scrutinizing the assumptions on which the prevalent Markovian modeling is generally based. By means of a comparative study, we singled out which of the assumptions impact each of the performance metrics (throughput, delay, power consumption, collision probability, and packet-discard probability). In particular, we showed that - unlike what is usually assumed - the probability that a node senses the channel busy is not constant for all the stages of the backoff procedure and that these differences have a noticeable impact on backoff delay, packet-discard probability, and power consumption. Similarly, we showed that - again contrary to common assumption - the probability of obtaining transmission access to the channel depends on the number of nodes that is simultaneously sensing it. We evidenced that ignoring this dependence has a significant impact on the calculated values of throughput and collision probability. Circumventing these and other assumptions, we rigorously characterize, through a semianalytical approach, the key metrics in a beacon-enabled IEEE 802.15.4 system with retransmissions.
This work was supported in part by MICINNunder CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010 CSD2008-00010 COMONSENS andTEC2009-13000, by AGAUR, and by PS-121 and PS-092 from the ApuliaRegion, Italy.
Xarxes d'àrea local sense fil
Protocols de xarxes d'ordinadors -- Avaluació
IEEE 802.15.4
Medium Access Control (MAC) layer
Multiaccess communication
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