Improving the performance of trickle-based data dissemination in low-power networks

M. Stolikj, T.M.M. Meyfroyt, P.J.L. Cuijpers, J.J. Lukkien

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Trickle is a polite gossip algorithm for managing communication traffic. It is of particular interest in low-power wireless networks for reducing the amount of control traffic, as in routing protocols (RPL), or reducing network congestion, as in multicast protocols (MPL). Trickle is used at the network or application level, and relies on up-to-date information on the activity of neighbors. This makes it vulnerable to interference from the media access control layer, which we explore in this paper. We present several scenarios how the MAC layer in low-power radios violates Trickle timing. As a case study, we analyze the impact of CSMA/CA with ContikiMAC on Trickle’s performance. Additionally, we propose a solution called Cleansing that resolves these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless Sensor Networks
Subtitle of host publicationth European Conference, EWSN 2015, Porto, Portugal, February 9-11, 2015. Proceedings
EditorsT. Addelzaher, N. Pereira, E. Tovar
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-15582-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-15581-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event12th European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2015) - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 Feb 201511 Feb 2015
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference12th European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2015)
Abbreviated titleEWSN 2015

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