In this paper, we present a multi-gate mesh network architecture that has been developed to ensure high performance and reliability under emergency conditions when a system expects to receive power outage notifications and exchanges. In order to handle the metering traffic, we introduce a backpressure based scheduling algorithm, which takes into account both the hop-count, as well as the queue length of each mesh node. We first present the objective function of the scheduling algorithm in a centralized manner. We then present a practical implementation of the packet-scheduling scheme. The simulation results indicate that under the context of the multi-gateway network, our novel packet-scheduling scheme can indeed significantly improve the network's reliability, self-healing, throughput and delay performance.
Proceedings Title: IEEE 2011 Global Communications Conference
Conference Dates: December 5-9, 2011
Conference Location: Houston, TX
Pub Type: Conferences
smart grid, back-pressure, multi-gate, mesh network