A cross-layer protocol for wireless sensor networks

Akyildiz I. F., Vuran M. C., Akan O. B.

40th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princes-Town, Trinidad And Tobago, 22 - 24 March 2006, pp.1102-1107 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/ciss.2006.286630
  • City: Princes-Town
  • Country: Trinidad And Tobago
  • Page Numbers: pp.1102-1107
  • Keywords: cross-layer protocol, congestion control, routing, medium access control, wireless sensor networks
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Severe energy constraints of battery-powered sensor nodes necessitate energy-efficient communication protocols in order to fulfill application objectives of wireless sensor networks (WSN). However, the vast majority of the existing solutions are based on classical layered protocols approach. It is much more resource-efficient to have a unified scheme which melts common protocol layer functionalities into a cross-layer module for resource-constrained sensor nodes. To the best of our knowledge, to date, there is no unified cross-layer communication protocol for efficient and reliable event communication which considers transport, routing, medium access functionalities with physical layer (wireless channel) effects for WSNs.