Biologically Inspired Methods for Organizing Distributed Services on Sensor Networks

Authors Franz Rammig, Tales Heimfarth, Peter Janacik

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Franz Rammig
Tales Heimfarth
Peter Janacik

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Franz Rammig, Tales Heimfarth, and Peter Janacik. Biologically Inspired Methods for Organizing Distributed Services on Sensor Networks. In Organic Computing - Controlled Self-organization. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8141, pp. 1-8, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2008)


We propose to make use of a completely distributed way of implementing OS services for wireless sensor networks (WSN). I.e. instead of having an instance of the OS on each node of a WSN the services of the OS are distributed over the WSN. Of course this approach implies specific challenges. Two of them are discussed in the paper: Migration of services to nodes such that the overall communication costs are minimized and forming clusters with the tendency to concentrate service requests inside the clusters and at the same time minimizing intra-cluster communication. For both problems biologically inspired solutions are discussed. Service migration is mapped on an Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) technique while as a clustering heuristics Division of Labor in swarms of social insects is used.
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • clustering
  • service migration
  • Ant Colony Algorithms


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