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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2018, Article ID 6908760, 17 pages
Research Article

Fast Algorithm of Truncated Burrows-Wheeler Transform Coding for Data Compression of Sensors

1School of Electronic and Information Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangdong, China
2Zhaoqing Branch, China Telecom Co., Ltd., Guangdong, China
3School of Software, South China University of Technology, Guangdong, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Lu Yiqin; nc.ude.tucs@ulqyee

Received 6 October 2017; Revised 3 February 2018; Accepted 19 February 2018; Published 16 April 2018

Academic Editor: Joon-Min Gil

Copyright © 2018 Qin Jiancheng et al. 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.


Lots of sensors in the IoT (Internet of things) may generate massive data, which will challenge the limited sensor storage and network bandwidth. So the study of big data compression is very useful in the field of sensors. In practice, BWT (Burrows-Wheeler transform) can gain good compression results for some kinds of data, but the traditional BWT algorithms are neither concise nor fast enough for the hardware of sensors, which will limit the BWT block size in a very small and incompetent scale. To solve this problem, this paper presents a fast algorithm of truncated BWT named “CZ-BWT algorithm” and implements it in the shareware named “ComZip.” CZ-BWT supports the BWT block up to 2 GB (or larger) and uses the bucket sort. It is very fast with the time complexity O(N) and fits the big data compression. The experiment results indicate that ComZip with the CZ-BWT filter is obviously faster than bzip2, and it can obtain better compression ratio than bzip2 and p7zip in some conditions. In addition, CZ-BWT is more concise than current BWT with SA (suffix array) sorts and fits the hardware BWT implementation of sensors.