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A Comparative study of Time Synchronization Protocols in Wireless Sensor Network

International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2011 by IJCA Journal
Volume 36 - Number 11
Year of Publication: 2011
Amit Nayyer
Meenakshi Nayyer
Lalit Kr. Awasthi

Amit Nayyer, Meenakshi Nayyer and Lalit Kr. Awasthi. Article: A Comparative study of Time Synchronization Protocols in Wireless Sensor Network. International Journal of Computer Applications 36(11):13-19, December 2011. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Amit Nayyer and Meenakshi Nayyer and Lalit Kr. Awasthi},
	title = {Article: A Comparative study of Time Synchronization Protocols in Wireless Sensor Network},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2011},
	volume = {36},
	number = {11},
	pages = {13-19},
	month = {December},
	note = {Full text available}


Wireless sensors network is a type of the ad-hoc network. It is comprised of many sensors which are interlinked with each other for performing the same function collectively such as monitoring the weather conditions, temperature, different kind of vibrations and sound etc. Any distributed system requires time synchronization. In particular, time Synchronization is extremely important for Wireless sensor network applications e.g. for data fusion, TDMA schedules, synchronizes sleep periods, etc.

In this paper, we study different time synchronization protocols available for sensor networks, like Reference Broadcast Synchronization (RBS), Flooding Time Synchronization Protocol (FTSP) and Time Synchronization Protocol for Sensor networks (TPSN). Network Time Protocol (NTP) which is very famous in the computer network is also considered. The simulations of these different protocols are performed on the sensor network with the help of a simulator. The effects of these protocols on different parameters are studied and results obtained are compared.


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