A Concurrency Abstraction for Reliable Sensor Network Applications

  • János Sallai
  • Miklós Maróti
  • Ákos Lédeczi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4322)


The prevailing paradigm in the regime of resource-constrained embedded devices is event-driven programming. It offers a lightweight yet powerful concurrency model without multiple stacks resulting in reduced memory usage compared to multi-threading. However, event-driven programs need to be implemented as explicit state machines, often with no or limited support from the development tools, resulting in ad-hoc and unstructured code that is error-prone and hard to debug. This paper presents TinyVT, an extension of the nesC language that provides a virtual threading abstraction on top of the event-driven execution model of TinyOS with minimal penalty in memory usage. TinyVT employs a simple continuation mechanism to permit blocking wait, thus allowing split-phase operations within C control structures without relying on multiple stacks. Furthermore, it provides fine-grained scoping of variables shared between event handlers resulting in safer code and allowing for optimizations in compile-time memory allocation. TinyVT source code is mapped to nesC with a source-to-source translator, using synchronous communicating state machines as an intermediate representation.


Sensor Node State Machine Thread Block Intermediate Representation Input Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • János Sallai
    • 1
  • Miklós Maróti
    • 2
  • Ákos Lédeczi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University, 2015 Terrace Place, Nashville, TN 37203USA
  2. 2.Bolyai Institute, University of Szeged, SzegedHungary

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