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Falko Dressler, "Biological principles and sensor networks: self-organized operation and control," PerAda Magazine - towards pervasive adaptation, October 2010.


The concept of sensor networks provides a framework for investigating algorithms and methods related to massively distributed systems. Sensor networks - i.e., networked embedded systems - are strongly constrained in terms of computational and communication resources, and, most importantly, energy. Because classical techniques do not scale owing to the inherent overhead required to maintain global state information, operation and control in such networks calls for completely new paradigms. Aside from several technical solutions that address data management and routing as well as programming, it turns out that sensor networks possess structures and behaviours that are very similar to those observed in nature. Here, we aim to introduce some of the ideas relating to specific programming and data-management solutions that have been inspired by the signalling principles of molecular biology.

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    author = {Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.2417/2201010.003286},
    title = {{Biological principles and sensor networks: self-organized operation and control}},
    journal = {PerAda Magazine - towards pervasive adaptation},
    publisher = {PerAda},
    month = {10},
    year = {2010},

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