Declarative Resource Naming for Macroprogramming Wireless Networks of Embedded Systems

Chalermek Intanagonwiwat, Rajesh Gupta and Amin Vahdat
CS2005-0827
May 30, 2005

Programming Wireless Networks of Embedded Systems (WNES) is notoriously difficult and tedious. To simplify WNES programming, we propose Declarative Resource Naming (DRN) to program WNES as a whole (i.e., macroprogramming) instead of several networked entities. DRN allows for a set of resources to be declaratively described by their run-time properties,and for this set to be mapped to a variable. Using DRN, resource access is simplified to only variable access that is completely network-transparent. DRN provides both sequential and parallel accesses to the desired set. Parallel, or group, access reduces the total access time and energy consumption because it enables in-network processing. Additionally, we can associate each set with tuning parameters (e.g., timeout, energy budget) to bound access time or to tune resource consumption.


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