Declarative Resource Naming for Macroprogramming Wireless Networks of Embedded Systems

Chalermek Intanagonwiwat, Rajesh Gupta and Amin Vahdat
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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