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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 1 (2005), Issue 3-4, Pages 345-354
Original Article

Clique Size in Sensor Networks with Key Pre-Distribution Based on Transversal Design

Applied Statistics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India

Copyright © 2005 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


Key pre-distribution is an important area of research in Distributed Sensor Networks (DSN). Two sensor nodes are considered connected for secure communication if they share one or more common secret key(s). It is important to analyse the largest subset of nodes in a DSN where each node is connected to every other node in that subset (i.e., the largest clique). This parameter (largest clique size) is important in terms of resiliency and capability towards efficient distributed computing in a DSN. In this paper, we concentrate on the schemes where the key pre-distribution strategies are based on transversal design and study the largest clique sizes. We show that merging of blocks to construct a node provides larger clique sizes than considering a block itself as a node in a transversal design.