Advances in Wireless Communications and Networks
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages: 10-22
Received: Apr. 24, 2017;
Accepted: May 11, 2017;
Published: May 28, 2017
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Muhammad Ali Hassan, School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom
Quoc-Tuan Vien, School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom
Mahdi Aiash, School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom
One main feature of Software Defined Networking (SDN) is the basic principle of decoupling a device’s control plane from its data plane. This simplifies network management and gives network administrators a remarkable control over the network elements. As the control plane for each device within the network is now implemented on a separate controller, this reliefs individual devices from the overhead caused by complex routing. Specifically, this feature has been shown to be extremely beneficial in the case of resource-constrained Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). By keeping the control logic away from the low-powered nodes, the WSNs can resolve their major issues of resource underutilisation and counter-productivity. This paper highlights the importance of adopting the SDN in the WSNs as a relatively new networking paradigm. This is introduced through a comprehensive survey on relevant networking paradigms and protocols supported by a critical evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of these mechanisms. Furthermore, open research issues and challenges are pointed out shedding a light on future innovations in this field.
Muhammad Ali Hassan,
Software Defined Networking for Wireless Sensor Networks: A Survey, Advances in Wireless Communications and Networks.
Vol. 3, No. 2,
2017, pp. 10-22.
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