Analysis and Experimental Evaluation of IEEE 802.15.4e TSCH CSMA-CA Algorithm

Time-slotted channel hopping (TSCH) is one of the medium access control (MAC) behavior modes defined in the IEEE 802.15.4e standard. It combines time-slotted access and channel hopping, thus providing predictable latency, energy efficiency, communication reliability, and high network capacity. TSCH provides both dedicated and shared links. The latter is special slots assigned to more than one transmitter, whose concurrent access is regulated by a carrier-sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA-CA) algorithm. In this paper, the authors develop an analytical model of the TSCH CSMA-CA algorithm to predict the performance experienced by nodes when using shared links. The model allows for deriving a number of metrics, such as delivery probability, packet latency, and energy consumption of nodes. Moreover, it considers the capture effect (CE) that typically occurs in real wireless networks. The authors validate the model through simulation experiments and measurements in a real testbed. The authors' results show that the model is very accurate. Furthermore, the authors found that the CE plays a fundamental role as it can significantly improve the performance experienced by nodes.


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  • Accession Number: 01629612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 21 2017 9:14AM