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Communications
Wireless Sensor Networks
Energy Efficiency Issues
Instructor: Carlos PomalazaRáez
Fall 2004
University of Oulu, Finland
Node Energy Model
A typical node has a sensor system, A/D conversion circuitry, DSP and a
radio transceiver. The sensor system is very application dependent. As
discussed in the Introduction lecture the node communication components
are the ones who consume most of the energy on a typical wireless sensor
node. A simple model for a wireless link is shown below
Node Energy Model
The energy consumed when sending a packet of m bits over one hop
wireless link can be expressed as,
{ ¦ { ¦
decode st R R encode st T T L
E T P m E E T P d m E d m E + + + + + · ) ( ) , ( ) , (
where,
E
T
= energy used by the transmitter circuitry and power
amplifier
E
R
= energy used by the receiver circuitry
P
T
= power consumption of the transmitter circuitry
P
R
= power consumption of the receiver circuitry
T
st
= startup time of the transceiver
E
encode
= energy used to encode
E
decode
= energy used to decode
Node Energy Model
Assuming a linear relationship for the energy spent per bit at the transmitter
and receiver circuitry E
T
and E
R
can be written as,
( )
α
d e e m d m E
TA TC T
+ · ) , (
RC R
me m E · ) (
e
TC
, e
TA
, and e
RC
are hardware dependent parameters and α is the path loss
exponent whose value varies from 2 (for free space) to 4 (for multipath
channel models). The effect of the transceiver startup time, T
st
, will
greatly depend of the type of MAC protocol used. To minimize power
consumption it is desired to have the transceiver in a sleep mode as
much as possible however constantly turning on and off the transceiver
also consumes energy to bring it to readiness for transmission or
reception.
Node Energy Model
An explicit expression for e
TA
can be derived as,
) )( )( (
4
) )( )( (
0
bit amp ant
Rx
r
TA
R G
BW N NF
N
S
e
η
λ
π
α
,
`
.

,
`
.

·
Where,
(S/N)
r
= minimum required signal to noise ratio at the receiver’s
demodulator for an acceptable E
b
/N
0
NF
rx
= receiver noise figure
N
0
= thermal noise floor in a 1 Hertz bandwidth (Watts/Hz)
BW = channel noise bandwidth
λ = wavelength in meters
α = path loss exponent
G
ant
= antenna gain
η
amp
= transmitter power efficiency
R
bit
= raw bit rate in bits per second
Node Energy Model
The expression for e
TA
can be used for those cases where a particular
hardware configuration is being considered. The dependence of e
TA
on
(S/N)
r
can be made more explicit if we rewrite the previous equation as:
( )
) )( )( (
4
) )( )( (
ere wh
0
bit amp ant
Rx
r
TA
R G
BW N NF
N S e
η
λ
π
ς ξ
α
,
`
.

· ∗ ·
It is important to bring this dependence explicitly since it highlights
how e
TA
and the probability of bit error p are related. p depends on E
b
/N
0
which in turns depends on (S/N)
r
. Note that E
b
/N
0
is independent of the
data rate. In order to relate E
b
/N
0
to (S/N)
r
, the data rate and the system
bandwidth must be taken into account, i.e.,
Node Energy Model
( ) ( )( ) ( )
T b T b r
B R B R N E N S γ · ·
0
where
E
b
= energy required per bit of information
R = system data rate
B
T
= system bandwidth
γ
b
= signaltoNoise ratio per bit, i.e., (E
b
/N
0
)
2.0 x Bit Rate BPSK, DBPSK, OFSK
1.5 x Bit Rate MSK
1.0 x Bit Rate QPSK, DQPSK
Typical Bandwidth
(NullToNull)
Modulation Method
Typical Bandwidths for Various Digital Modulation Methods
Node Energy Model
Power Scenarios
There are two possible power scenarios:
Variable transmission power. In this case the radio dynamically adjust its
transmission power so that (S/N)
r
is fixed to guarantee a certain level of
E
b
/N
0
at the receiver. The transmission energy per bit is given by,
α α
ς d
N
S
d e
r
TA
,
`
.

· · bit per energy on Transmissi
Since (S/N)
r
is fixed at the receiver this also means that the probability p
of bit error is fixed to the same value for each link.
Node Energy Model
Fixed transmission power. In this case the radio uses a fixed power for all
transmissions. This case is considered because several commercial radio
interfaces have a very limited capability for dynamic power adjustments.
In this case is fixed to a certain value (E
TA
) at the transmitter and the
(S/N)
r
at the receiver will then be,
α
d e
TA
α
ς d
E
N
S
TA
r
·
,
`
.

Since for most practical deployments d is different for each link then
(S/N)
r
will also be different for each link. This translates on a different
probability of bit error for wireless hop.
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
Let’s consider the following linear sensor array
To highlight the energy consumption due only to the actual
communication process the energy spent in encoding, decoding, as well
as on the transceiver startup is not considered in the analysis that follows.
Let’s initially assume that there is one data packet being relayed from the
node farthest from the sink node towards the sink
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
The total energy consumed by the linear array to relay a packet of m bits
from node n to the sink is then,
[ ] [ ]
[ ]
¹
¹
¹
'
¹
¹
¹
¹
'
¹
+ + + − ·
¹
¹
¹
'
¹
¹
¹
¹
'
¹
+ + + + ·
∑
∑
·
·
n
i
i TA RC TC RC
n
i
i TA RC TC TA TC linear
d e e e e m
d e e e d e e m E
1
2
1
) (
or
) ( ) (
α
α α
It then can be shown that E
linear
is minimum when all the distances d
i
’s are
made equal to D/n, i.e. all the distances are equal.
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
It can also be shown that the optimal number of hops is,
]
]
]
]
]
]
·
char char
opt
d
D
d
D
n or
where
α
α
1
) 1 (
,
`
.

−
+
·
TA
RC TC
char
e
e e
d
Note that only depends on the path loss exponent α and on the
transceiver hardware dependent parameters. Replacing the of d
char
in the
expression for E
linear
we have,
]
]
]
−
−
+
·
RC
RC TC opt
opt
linear
e
e e n
m E
1
) (
α
α
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
A more realistic assumption for the linear sensor array is that there is a
uniform probability along the array for the occurrence of events. In this
case, on the average, each sensor will detect the same number of number
of events whose related information need to be relayed towards the sink.
Without loss of generality one can assume that each node senses an event
at some point in time. This means that sensor i will have to relay (ni)
packets from the upstream sensors plus the transmission of its own
packet. The average energy per bit consumption by the linear array is,
( )( ) [ ]
α
α
) ( ) 1 (
2
) 1 ( ) (
1 ) (
1
1
i
n
i
TA
RC TC
RC
n
i
i TA RC TC RC bit linear
d i n e
n n e e
ne
i n d e e e ne E
∑
∑
·
·
−
− + +
+ +
+ − ·
− + + + + − ·
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
bit linear
E
− ∑
·
·
n
i
i
d D
1
Minimizing with constraint is equivalent to
minimizing the following expression,
( ) [ ]
,
`
.

− − − + ·
∑ ∑
· ·
D d d i n e L
n
i
i
n
i
i TA
1 1
) ( 1 λ
α
where λ is a Langrage’s multiplier. Taking the partial derivatives of L
with respect to d
i
and equating to 0 gives,
1
1
1
) 1 (
0 ) )( 1 (
−
−
,
`
.

− +
·
· − − + ·
∂
∂
α
α
α
λ
λ α
i n e
d
d i n e
d
L
TA
i
i TA
i
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
The value of λ can be obtained using the condition
∑
·
·
n
i
i
D d
1
Thus for α=2 the values for d
i
are,
( ) ( ) i n i
D
d
n
i
i
− +
,
`
.

·
∑
·
1 1
1
For n=10 the next figure shows an equally spaced sensor array and a
linear array where the distances are computed using the equation above
(α=2)
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
The farther away sensors consume most of their energy by transmitting
through longer distances whereas the closer to the sink sensors consume a
large portion of their energy by relaying packets from the upstream sensors
towards the sink. The total energy per bit spent by a linear array with
equally spaced sensors is
( ) ( )
RC TA RC TC bit linear
ne n D e e e
n n
E − + +
+
·
−
2
t equidistan
2
) 1 (
The total energy per bit spent by a linear array with optimum separation
and α=2 is,
( )
( )
RC
n
i
TA RC TC bit linear
ne
i
D
e e e
n n
E − + +
+
·
∑
·
−
1
2
optimum
1
2
) 1 (
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
For e
TC
= e
TR
= 50 nJ/bit, e
TA
= 100 pJ/bit/m
2
, and α = 2, the total energy
consumption per bit for D= 1000 m, as a function of the number of sensors
is shown below.
0.00
0.02
0.04
0.06
0.08
0.10
0.12
0 5 10 15 20 25 30
Sensor Array Size (n )
E
n
e
r
g
y
(
m
J
)
Equally spaced Optimum spaced
Energy Consumption  Multihop
Networks
The energy per bit consumed at node i for the linear arrays discussed can be
computed using the following equation. It is assumed that each node relays packet
from the upstream nodes towards the sink node via the closest downstream neighbor.
For simplicity sake only one transmission is used, e.g. no ARQ type mechanism
] ) ( ) )( 1 [( ) (
RC i TA TC linear
e i n d e e i n i E − + + − + ·
α
0.0
2.0
4.0
6.0
8.0
0 5 10 15 20
Distance (hops) from the sink
E
n
e
r
g
y
(
u
J
)
Equally Spaced Optimum Spaced
Total Energy=72.5 uJ
Total Energy = 47.8 uJ
Energy consumption at each node (n=20, D=1000 m)
Error Control – Multihop WSN
For link i assume that the probability of bit error is p
i
. Assume a packet
length of m bits. For the analysis below assume that a Forward Error
Correction (FEC) mechanism is being used. Let’s then call p
link
(i) the
probability of receiving a packet with uncorrectable errors. Conventional
use of FEC is that a packet is accepted and delivered to the next stage
which in this case is to forward it to the next node downstream. The
probability of the packet arriving to the sink node with no errors is then:
( )
∏
·
− ·
n
i
link c
i p P
1
) ( 1
Error Control – Multihop WSN
Let’s assume the case where all the d
i
’s are the same, i.e. di = D/n. Since
variable transmission power mode is also being assumed then the
probability of bit error for each link is fixed and P
c
is,
n
link c
p P ) 1 ( − ·
The value of p
link
will depend on the received signal to noise ratio as well
as on the modulation method used. For noncoherent (envelope or square
law) detector with binary orthogonal FSK signals in a Rayleigh slow
fading channel the probability of bit error is
b
FSK
p
γ +
·
2
1
Where is the average signaltonoise ratio. b
γ
Error Control – Multihop WSN
Consider a linear code (m, k, d) is being used. For FSKmodulation with
noncoherent detection and assuming ideal interleaving the probability of
a code word being in error is bounded by
( )
min
2
2
1 2
d
b
M
i
i
i
M
w
w
P
γ +
,
`
.
 −
<
∑
·
where w
i
is the weight of the ith code word and M=2
k
. A simpler bound is:
min
)] 1 ( 4 )[ 1 (
d
FSK FSK M
p p M P − − <
For the multihop scenario being discussed here p
link
= P
M
and the
probability of packet error can be written as:
n d
FSK FSK
k
n
M
n
link c e
p p
P p P P
} )] 1 ( 4 )[ 1 2 ( 1 { 1
) 1 ( 1 ) 1 ( 1 1
min
− − − − <
− − · − − · − ·
Error Control – Multihop WSN
The probability of successful transmission of a single code word is,
) 1 (
e success
P P − ·
50nJ/bit e
TC
50nJ/bit e
RC
For FSKmodulation, it is assumed to be the same as R
bit
BW
3 α
0.2 η
amp
10dB or 0.1 G
ant
0.3 m λ
115.2 Kbits R
bit
173.8 dBm/Hz or 4.17 * 10
21
J N
0
10dB NF
Rx
Value Parameter
Radio parameters used to obtain the results shown in the next slides
Error Control – Multihop WSN
The expected energy consumption per information bit is defined as:
success
linear bit i
linear
P k
E
E ·
−
Parameters for the studied codes are shown in Table below, t is the
error correction capability.
3 0.5 8 12 24
Extended
Golay
1 0.5 3 3 6
Shortened
Hamming
3 0.52 7 12 23 Golay
1 0.57 3 4 7 Hamming
t Code rate
d
min
k m Code
Error Control – Multihop WSN
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
Bit error probability
M
e
t
e
r
s
Characteristic distance
Characteristic distance, d
char
, as a function of bit error probability
for noncoherent FSK modulation
Error Control – Multihop WSN
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
2
2.2
2.4
2.6
2.8
3
3.2
3.4
3.6
3.8
4
x 10
5
Energy consumtion with number of hops =10
Bit error probability of the channel with FSKmod.
E
n
e
r
g
y
c
o
n
s
u
m
p
t
i
o
n
p
e
r
u
s
e
f
u
l
b
i
t
(6,3,3)
(7,4,3) code
(23,12,7) code
(24,12,8) code
D = 1000 m
Error Control – Multihop WSN
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
0.7
0.8
0.9
1
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
x 10
5
Energy consumtion with number of hops =30
Bit error probability of the channel with FSKmod.
E
n
e
r
g
y
c
o
n
s
u
m
p
t
i
o
n
p
e
r
u
s
e
f
u
l
b
i
t
(6,3,3)
(7,4,3) code
(23,12,7) code
(24,12,8) code
D = 1000 m
Error Control – Multihop WSN
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5
x 10
5
Energy consumtion with number of hops =60
Bit error probability of the channel with FSKmod.
E
n
e
r
g
y
c
o
n
s
u
m
p
t
i
o
n
p
e
r
u
s
e
f
u
l
b
i
t
(6,3,3)
(7,4,3) code
(23,12,7) code
(24,12,8) code
D = 1000 m
Error Control – Multihop WSN
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5
x 10
5
Energy consumption of the (7,4,3) code
Bit error probability of the channel with noncoherent FSKmod.
E
n
e
r
g
y
c
o
n
s
u
m
p
t
i
o
n
p
e
r
u
s
e
f
u
l
b
i
t
10 Hops
30 Hops
50 Hops
60 Hops
D = 1000 m
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
x 10
5
Energy consumption of the (24,12,8) code
Bit error probability of the channel with noncoherent FSKmod.
E
n
e
r
g
y
c
o
n
s
u
m
p
t
i
o
n
p
e
r
u
s
e
f
u
l
b
i
t
10 Hops
30 Hops
50 Hops
60 Hops
Error Control – Multihop WSN
D = 1000 m
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