Abstract: We survey here some recent computational models for networks of tiny artifacts. In particular, we focus on networks consisting of artifacts with sensing capabilities. We first imagine the artifacts moving passively, that is, being mobile but unable to control their own movement. This leads us to the population protocol model of Angluin et al. (2004) . We survey this model and some of its recent enhancements. In particular, we also present the mediated population protocol model in which the interaction links are capable of storing states and the passively mobile machines model in which the finite state nature of the agents is relaxed and the agents become multitape Turing machines that use a restricted space. We next survey the sensor field model, a general model capturing some identifying characteristics of many sensor networkĘs settings. A sensor field is composed of kinds of devices that can communicate one to the other and also to the environment through input/output datastreams. We, finally, present simulation results between sensor fields and population protocols and analyze the capability of their variants to decide graph properties
Abstract: Here we survey various computational models for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). The population protocol model (PP) considers networks of tiny mobile finite-state artifacts that can sense the environment and communicate in pairs to perform a computation. The mediated population protocol model (MPP) enhances the previous model by allowing the communication links to have a constant size buffer, providing more computational power. The graph decision MPP model (GDM) is a special case of MPP that focuses on the MPP's ability to decide graph properties of the network. Another direction towards enhancing the PP is followed by the PALOMA model in which the artifacts are no longer finite-state automata but Turing Machines of logarithmic memory in the population size. A different approach to modeling WSNs is the static synchronous sensor field model (SSSF) which describes devices communicating through a fixed communication graph and interacting with their environment via input and output datastreams. In this survey, we present the computational capabilities of each model and provide directions for further research.
Abstract: In emerging pervasive scenarios, data is collected by sensing devices in streams that occur at several distributed points of observation. The size of the data typically far exceeds the storage and computational capabilities of the tiny devices that have to collect and process them. A general and challenging task is to allow (some of) the nodes of a pervasive network to collectively perform monitoring of a neighbourhood of interest by issuing continuous aggregate queries on the streams observed in its vicinity. This class of algorithms is fully decentralized and diffusive in nature: collecting all the data at a few central nodes of the network is unfeasible in networks of low capability devices or in the presence of massive data sets. Two main problems arise in this scenario: (i) the intrinsic complexity of maintaining statistics over a data stream whose size greatly exceeds the capabilities of the device that performs the computation; (ii) composing the partial outcomes computed at different points of observation into an accurate, global statistic over a neighbourhood of interest, which entails coping with several problems, last but not least the receipt of duplicate information along multiple paths of diffusion.
Streaming techniques have emerged as powerful tools to achieve the general goals described above, in the first place because they assume a computational model in which computational and storage resources are assumed to be far exceeded by the amount of data on which computation occurs. In this contribution, we review the main streaming techniques and provide a classification of the computational problems and the applications they effectively address, with an emphasis on decentralized scenarios, which are of particular interest in pervasive networks