Congestion control in social-based sensor networks: A social network perspective

Kaimin Wei, Song Guo, Xiangli Li, Deze Zeng, Ke Xu

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Social-based sensor networks are prone to congestion due to the limited storage space on each node and the unpredictable end-to-end delay. In this paper, we aim to develop an efficient congestion control approach from the social network perspective. For this purpose, we first identify the role of social ties in the process of congestion and specify a list of major congestion factors. Based on these factors, we then model the congestion control as a multiple attribute decision making problem (MADM), in which the weight of congestion factors is measured by an entropy method. We present a MADM-based congestion control approach that determines a set of forwarding messages and its transmission order on each encounter event. Moreover, we design a buffer management scheme that deletes messages whose removal would incur the least impact upon the network performance when the buffer overflows. Extensive real-trace driven simulation is conducted and the experimental results finally validate the efficiency of our proposed congestion control approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-691
Number of pages11
JournalPeer-to-Peer Networking and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Congestion Control
  • Multiple Attribute Decision Making
  • Social Network
  • Social-based Sensor Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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