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ISRN Sensor Networks
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 817895, 4 pages
Research Article

A Multihop Clustering Algorithm for Energy Saving in Wireless Sensor Networks

Department of Computer, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz Branch, Tabriz, Iran

Received 27 January 2012; Accepted 5 March 2012

Academic Editors: A. Alomainy and C. S. Hong

Copyright © 2012 Saeed Ebadi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


One of the important problems for wireless sensor networks is increasing the network lifetime. Clustering is an efficient technique for prolonging the lifetime of wireless sensor networks. This papers propose a multihop clustering algorithm (MHC) for energy saving in wireless sensor networks. MHC selects the clusterheads according to the two parameters the remaining energy and node degree. Also cluster heads select their members according to the two parameters of sensor the remaining energy and the distance to its cluster head. MHC is done in three phases quickly. Simulation results show that the proposed algorithm increases the network lifetime more than 16 percent compared of the LEACH protocol.

1. Introduction

Along recent advances in microsensors, VLSI technologies, and wireless communication fields, another kind of wireless network named wireless sensor networks (WSN) has been appeared. The sensor networks can be used for various application areas (e.g., health, military, and home) [1]. For different application areas, there are different technical issues that researchers are currently resolving. A sensor network is composed of a large number of sensor nodes that are densely deployed either inside the phenomenon or very close to it [1].

They are usually made up with wireless sensor nodes, small, cheap, and resource-limited devices sensing the environment and Communicating with each other [2]. Wireless distributed microsensor systems will enable the reliable monitoring of a variety of environments for both civil and military applications. For example, for a security system, acoustic, seismic, and video sensors can be used to form an ad hoc network to detect intrusions. Microsensors can also be used to monitor machines for fault detection and diagnosis. communication between the sensor nodes and the base station is expensive, and there are no high-energy nodes through which communication can proceed. Reliable environment monitoring is important in a variety of commercial and military applications [3].

These networks have many limits in the network lifetime such as processing power, memory, and transmitter power. Energy conservation has been identified as the key challenge in the design and operation of these networks. Dense positioning of sensor nodes can improve network connectivity and fault tolerance; the main drawback of such deployment is obvious: data collected by neighboring nodes is highly spatially corelated. Hence, if the raw sensor readings are to be sent to the sink, considerable amount of redundant data would have to be communicated through the network. Clearly, transmission of redundant data implies waste of valuable node energy [4]. The essential operation in clustering is to select a set of cluster heads from the set of nodes in the network. Cluster heads are responsible for coordination among the nodes within their clusters and aggregation of their data (intra-cluster coordination) and communication with each other and/or with external observers on behalf of their clusters (inter-cluster communication) [5].

In clustering, all sensors in network are divided into clusters each of which has a sensor as cluster head (CH). These sensors are homogenous and have same capability of processing, memory, and power consumption. The Function of cluster head is cluster management, data collection from cluster members, and sending them to the base station (BS). In recent years, multiple algorithms have been presented for clustering in wireless sensor network. in Section 2, we describe LEACH [3], LNCA [4], HEED [5], and other protocols [69].

2. Related Works

LEACH protocol [3] is one of the known protocols in the clustering field. Each sensor decides whether to become a cluster head for the current round or not. This decision is based on the recommended percentage of cluster heads for the network and number of times the sensor has been a cluster head so far. Each sensor chooses a random number between 0 and 1. If the number is less than a threshold, the sensor becomes a cluster head for the current round.

LNCA [4] (local negotiated clustering algorithm) presents a novel clustering algorithm, which employs the similarity of nodes readings as an important criterion in cluster formation. LNCA greatly reduces the data-reporting-related traffic with reasonable clustering cost. HEED [5] periodically selects cluster heads according to a hybrid of the sensor residual energy and a secondary parameter, such as node proximity to its neighbors or node degree.

HEED sets an initial percentage of cluster heads among all n nodes (𝐶prob), assuming that an optimal percentage cannot be computed a priori. 𝐶prob is only used to limit the initial cluster head announcements and has no direct impact on the final clusters. Before a node starts executing HEED, it sets its probability of becoming a cluster head, 𝐶𝐻prob, as [5]:CHprob=𝐶prob×𝐸residual𝐸max,(1) where 𝐸residual is the estimated current residual energy in the node and 𝐸max is a reference maximum energy, which is typically identical for all nodes. In EE_SPEED [8], clustering routing is based on a weight function, which is a combination of the three factors: delay, energy and speed. MCBT [9] proposes a distributed algorithm to create a stable backbone by selecting the nodes with higher energy or degree as the cluster heads.

3. MHC Algorithm

3.1. Assumptions

MHC algorithm presented the following assumptions. set of n sensors are spread in environments nonuniformly. Considering that clustering is multihop, density of sensors near base station is higher. All sensors have the same capability. The Base station and sensors location are fixed. Each sensor has a unique ID. Communication between sensors and their cluster heads is single hop and communication between cluster heads and BS is multihop.

For transmiting l-bit data to distance d, consuming energy is calculated as [3] 𝐸𝑇𝑥(𝑙,𝑑)=𝑙×𝐸elect+𝑙×𝜀fs×𝑑2,𝑑𝑑𝑜𝑙×𝐸elect+𝑙×𝜀mp×𝑑4,𝑑>𝑑𝑜.(2) In here 𝑑𝑜 threshold is calculated as in: 𝑑𝑜𝜀fs𝜀mp.(3) Also consuming energy to receive k-bits data is calculated as [3, 5] 𝐸𝑅𝑥(𝑙)=𝑙×𝐸elect.(4)

3.2. Proposed Algorithm

In this paper, a multihop clustering algorithm (MHC) is proposed for energy saving in wireless sensor networks. In MHC, the sensor is selected as cluster head according to the two parameters remaining energy and node degree. Also cluster heads select their members according to the two parameters of sensor the remaining energy and the distance to its cluster head.

MHC is done in three phases, initial, hierarchical, and final phases. This algorithm performs the initial phase only in the beginning of network clustering and the final phase after finishing network clustering. However, the algorithm repeats the hierarchical phase from the first level until last level hierarchically finishs the clustering of the entire network. In data collection phase, sensors compare gathered environmental data with its neighboring data. If data was similar [4], the sensor stores ID of message sender in the list of its neighbors and counts the number of neighboring and sets it to 𝑁𝑖 variable.

In initial phase at beginning of clustering, BS that as a cluster head of first level, transmit a “Start” message in transition range of sensors, and tell starting of clustering to all. Only sensors that are close to BS, receive this message.

Hierarchical phase is done in four steps hierarchically that whole sensors of network can clustered.

Step 1. In this step, the sensors that received “Start” massage (whether from BS at first or other sensors) compute the value of T for themselves. the value of T is calculated based on two factors of sensor remaining energy (𝐸𝑟) and number of neighbors (𝑁𝑎) as: T=𝐸𝑟+𝑁𝑎.(5)
After the computing value of T, sensors send it to their neighbors. Sensors receive the value of T from neighbors and compare it with their T value. the sensor that has largest T value selects itself as a cluster head and selects sender of “Start” message as its high-level cluster head.

Step 2. After MHC selects cluster heads, cluster heads must select its members. In this step, cluster heads send a “join to me” message to all nodes in its range. Every sensor node that receive this messages from cluster heads, calculate value of TCH for itself. The Value of TCH is calculated based on two factors of sensor remaining energy (𝐸𝑟) and the distance to its cluster head (𝑆𝑟) as TCH=𝐸𝑟+𝑆𝑟.(6)
After TCH computing, sensor selects the sender of the highest TCH as its cluster head and send a “join to you” message to it.

Step 3. In this step, cluster heads create a TDMA scheduler according to cluster members that receive “join to you” message from them and send TDMA to all.

Step 4. In this step, cluster heads transmit “Start” massage in itself radio range for selecting clusters of next level and Step 1 repeated hierarchically that entire network be clustering.

In the final phase data are collected by sensors from environment and delivered to BS by cluster heads. This work performed by members and cluster heads is to be followed.

Member sensors gather data from environment and send to itself cluster head in its scheduled transmission time. The radios transmitter of other sensors is turned off until their allocated transmission time to save the energy.

Cluster heads receive data packets from its members and also receive from low levels cluster heads. Then they perform data aggregation on the received data and transmit to its high level cluster head.

4. Performance Evaluation

We simulate MHC and LEACH protocols by MATLAB software and compare their efficiency of them.The proposed algorithm is simulated in 300300 field. Simulation results are averaged after 20 times running. The parameters of simulation are considered as in Table 1. In Table 1, 𝐸DA is required energy for data aggregation.

Table 1: Simulation parameters.

Figure 1 shows the number of dead sensors because of finished batteries during the rounds in MHC and LEACH protocols. Comparing the two graphs of Figure 1 implies that the network lifetime of MHC will be increases further compared to LEACH protocol.

Figure 1: Number of dead nodes.

This variation was created because MHC is multihop versus LEACH. When half the nodes of network die, almost efficiency of network is low. In mean state, MHC improve this time more than four times. Also, it improves the dead time of last node (e.g., network life time) 16%.

Figure 2 shows total energy of nodes in network during the rounds in MHC and LEACH protocols.

Figure 2: Total Energy of nodes in Network.

Figure 1 that indicates the energy consumption of nodes in LEACH is more than that in MHC.

5. Conclusions

For extending the lifetime of wireless sensor networks, in this paper an energy efficient cluster-based routing algorithm is proposed to increase life-time of wireless sensor networks.

MHC selects the cluster heads according to the two parameters the remaining energy and node degree. MHC is done in three phases quickly. Also the members join the cluster heads according to two factors, the maximum energy and the distance to cluster head. Then, we simulate MHC and LEACH protocols and compare their efficiency. Simulation results show that MHC prolongs lifetime of networks 16% by nearly. MHC has a good scalability and network lifetime prolongs further with increasing scale of network.


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