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Markov Process Modeling and Simulation for Wireless Sensor Network Life Estimation with QoS Constrains

Zhanyang Zhang and Miriam Tausner

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


Many wireless sensor network (WSN) applications have to operate under harsh environments with high failure rates. A good WSN life estimation model will enable us to address a fundamental question, such as, how long a WSN application can operate without compromising required quality of service (QoS). In this paper, we make certain assumptions about WSN network operations that allow us to use a Markov process to produce a closed form model to answer this question and we then validate the model by running various simulations.

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