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Interference between concurrent transmissions can cause severe performance degradation in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). While multiple channels available in WSN technology such as IEEE 802.15.4 can be exploited to mitigate interference, channel allocation can have a significant impact on the performance of multi-channel communication. This paper proposes a set of distributed algorithms for near-optimal channel allocation in WSNs with theoretical bounds. We first consider the problem of minimizing the number of channels needed to remove interference in a WSN, and propose both receiver-based and link-based distributed channel allocation protocols. For WSNs with an insufficient number of channels, we formulate a fair channel allocation problem whose objective is to minimize the maximum interference (MinMax) experienced by any transmission link in the network. We prove that MinMax channel allocation is NP-hard and propose a distributed link-based MinMax channel allocation protocol. We also propose a distributed protocol for link scheduling based on MinMax channel allocation. Simulations based on real topologies and data traces collected from a WSN testbed consisting of 74 TelosB motes, and using random topologies have shown that our channel allocation protocols significantly outperform a state-of-the-art channel allocation protocol.
Saifullah, Abusayeed; Xu, You; Lu, Chenyang; and Chen, Yixin, "Distributed Channel Allocation Algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks" Report Number: WUCSE-2011-62 (2011). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.