Software defined networking for wireless sensor networks: a survey

Hassan, Muhammad Ali, Vien, Quoc-Tuan ORCID logoORCID: and Aiash, Mahdi ORCID logoORCID: (2017) Software defined networking for wireless sensor networks: a survey. Advances in Wireless Communications and Networks, 3 (2) . pp. 10-22. [Article] (doi:10.11648/j.awcn.20170302.11)

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One main feature of Software Defined Networking (SDN) is the basic principle of decoupling a device’s control plane from its data plane. This simplifies network management and gives network administrators a remarkable control over the network elements. As the control plane for each device within the network is now implemented on a separate controller, this reliefs individual devices from the overhead caused by complex routing. Specifically, this feature has been shown to be extremely beneficial in the case of resource-constrained Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). By keeping the control logic away from the low-powered nodes, the WSNs can resolve their major issues of resource underutilisation and counter-productivity. This paper highlights the importance of adopting the SDN in the WSNs as a relatively new networking paradigm. This is introduced through a comprehensive survey on relevant networking paradigms and protocols supported by a critical evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of these mechanisms. Furthermore, open research issues and challenges are pointed out shedding a light on future innovations in this field.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer and Communications Engineering
Item ID: 21875
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Depositing User: Quoc-Tuan Vien
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 15:24
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 03:06

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