In many mobile sensing applications devices need to discover new neighbors and maintain the rendezvous with known neighbors continuously. Due to the limited energy supply, these devices have to cycle their radios to conserve energy, making neighbor discovery and rendezvous maintenance even more challenging. To date, the main mechanism for device discover and rendezvous maintenance in existing solutions is pairwise, direct one-hop communication. We argue that such pairwise direct communication is sufficient but not necessary: there exist unnecessary active slots that can be eliminated, without affecting discovery and rendezvous. In this work, we propose a novel concept of extended quorum system, which leverages indirect discovery to further conserve energy. Specifically, we use quorum graph to capture all possible information flow paths where knowledge about known-neighbors can propagate among devices. By eliminating redundant paths, we can reduce the number of active slots significantly. Since a quorum graph can characterize arbitrary active schedules of mobile devices, our work can be broadly used to improve many existing quorum-based discovery and rendezvous solutions. The simulation and testbed experimental results show that our solution can reduce as much as 55% energy consumption with a maximal 5% increase in latency for existing solutions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 2012|
|Event||32nd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2012 - Macau, China|
Duration: Jun 18 2012 → Jun 21 2012
|Other||32nd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2012|
|Period||6/18/12 → 6/21/12|