Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems

Volume 3560 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 141-154

Sensor Network Calculus – A Framework for Worst Case Analysis

  • Jens B. SchmittAffiliated withDistributed Computer Systems Lab, University of Kaiserslautern
  • , Utz RoedigAffiliated withMobile & Internet Systems Laboratory, University College Cork

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


To our knowledge, at the time of writing no methodology exists to dimension a sensor network so that a worst case traffic scenario can be definitely supported. In this paper, the well known network calculus is tailored so that it can be used as a tool for worst case traffic analysis in sensor networks. To illustrate the usage of the resulting sensor network calculus, typical example scenarios are analyzed by this new methodology. Sensor network calculus provides the ability to derive deterministic statements about supportable operation modes of sensor networks and the design of sensor nodes.