Comparative Analysis of Push-Pull Query Strategies for Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Shyam Kapadia
  • Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4026)


We present a comparative mathematical analysis of two important distinct approaches to hybrid push-pull querying in wireless sensor networks: structured hash-based data-centric storage (DCS) and the unstructured comb-needle (CN) rendezvous mechanism. Our analysis yields several interesting insights. For ALL-type queries pertaining to information about all events corresponding to a given attribute, we examine the conditions under which the two approaches outperform each other in terms of the average query and event rates. For the case of ANY-type queries where it is sufficient to obtain information from any one of the desired events for a given attribute, we propose and analyze a modified sequential comb-needle technique (SCN) to compare with DCS. We find that DCS generally performs better than CN/SCN for high query rates and low event rates, while CN/SCN perform better for high event rates. Surprisingly, for the cases of ALL-type aggregated queries and ANY-type queries, we find that there exist “magic number” event rate thresholds, independent of network size or query probability, which dictate the choice of querying protocol. While our analysis is based on a single-sink square-grid deployment, we believe the insights can be generalized to random deployments.


Sensor Network Wireless Sensor Network Magic Number Event Information Query Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shyam Kapadia
    • 1
  • Bhaskar Krishnamachari
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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