Distributed graph layout for sensor networks

Craig Gotsman, Yehuda Koren

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Abstract

Sensor network applications frequently require that the sensors know their physical locations in some global coordinate system. This is usually achieved by equipping each sensor with a location measurement device, such as GPS. However, low-end systems or indoor systems, which cannot use GPS, must locate themselves based only on crude information available locally, such as inter-sensor distances. We show how a collection of sensors, capable only of measuring distances to close neighbors, can compute their locations in a purely distributed manner, i.e. where each sensor communicates only with its neighbors. This can be viewed as a distributed graph drawing algorithm. We experimentally show that our algorithm consistently produces good results under a variety of simulated real-world conditions, and is relatively robust to the presence of noise in the distance measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-346
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Graph Algorithms and Applications
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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