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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 465369, 10 pages
Research Article

A Data Forwarding Scheme Based on Delaunay Triangulation for Cyber-Physical Systems

School of Electronic Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China

Received 18 November 2012; Accepted 17 March 2013

Academic Editor: Igor Andrianov

Copyright © 2013 Junhai Luo 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.


Cyber-physical system (CPS) cooperates with physical processes, computing, communication, and control (3C) into multiple levels of information processing and operation management to streamline and fortify the operation of physical systems. Due to the unique characteristics, such as unpredictable node mobility, low node density, lack of global information and network intermittent connectivity, an algorithm for data forwarding in CPS is a considerably difficult and challenging problem, and there is no good solution to it in existing works. In this paper, we propose a fully-fledged data forwarding algorithm tailored to the CPS environment. The proposed protocol, called data forwarding based on Delaunay triangulation (DFDT), takes into account the computational geometry based on Delaunay triangulation to form a few triangle communities according to nodes’ connectivity. Data in a community are forwarded to other nodes once a node comes into this community to increase the data delivery ratio. DFDT achieves a good performance by data gathering and sending data to other nodes with higher probability of meeting the link. An extensive simulation has been performed to validate the analytical results and to show the effectiveness of our approach compared with the three existing popular data forwarding algorithms.