Congestion Detection and Control for 6TiSCH Networks in IIoT Applications

Hossam Farag, Patrik Österberg, Mikael Gidlund

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In the context of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the 6TiSCH working group has been created with the aim to enable IPv6 over the IEEE 802.15.4e Time-Slotted Channel Hopping (TSCH) mode. The Routing Protocol for Low power and lossy networks (RPL) is introduced as the de-facto routing protocol for 6TiSCH networks. However, RPL is primarily designed to handle moderate traffic loads, whereas, during specific events in industrial applications, high traffic rates cause congestion problems at particular intermediate nodes while other nodes are underutilized. Accordingly, packets are dropped due to buffer overflow, which in turn degrades the network performance in terms of packet loss and delay. In this paper, we introduce a congestion detection and control mechanism to reliably handle high traffic load in 6TiSCH networks. The proposed method comprises two parent selection mechanisms to adapt to dynamic traffic load in the network. Congestion is detected through monitoring of the queue backlog level of each node and new parent nodes are selected accordingly to balance the load in the network. Moreover, a new routing metric is defined that considers the queue occupancy while selecting the new parent node. Performance evaluations are carried out to prove the effectiveness of the proposed method and the results show that with a marginal increase in the average delay, our proposal improves the performance of the standard RPL under heavy traffic load conditions by at least 60% and 74% in terms of the packet delivery and queue loss, respectively.
TitelICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Antal sider6
ForlagIEEE Communications Society
Publikationsdato11 jun. 2020
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-7281-5090-1
StatusUdgivet - 11 jun. 2020
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) - Dublin, Ireland
Varighed: 7 jun. 202011 jun. 2020


KonferenceICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
LokationDublin, Ireland


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