Analysis and experimental evaluation of IEEE 802.15.4e TSCH CSMA-CA Algorithm
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

© 2016 IEEE. Time-slotted channel hopping (TSCH) is one of the medium access control (MAC) behavior modes defined in the IEEE 802.15.4e standard. It combines time-slotted access and channel hopping, thus providing predictable latency, energy efficiency, communication reliability, and high network capacity. TSCH provides both dedicated and shared links. The latter is special slots assigned to more than one transmitter, whose concurrent access is regulated by a carrier-sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA-CA) algorithm. In this paper, we develop an analytical model of the TSCH CSMA-CA algorithm to predict the performance experienced by nodes when using shared links. The model allows for deriving a number of metrics, such as delivery probability, packet latency, and energy consumption of nodes. Moreover, it considers the capture effect (CE) that typically occurs in real wireless networks. We validate the model through simulation experiments and measurements in a real testbed. Our results show that the model is very accurate. Furthermore, we found that the CE plays a fundamental role as it can significantly improve the performance experienced by nodes.


IEEE 802.15 Standard

Algorithm design and analysis


Prediction algorithms


Analytical models

Capture effect

IEEE 802.15.4e



Domenico De Guglielmo

Universita di Pisa

Beshr Al Nahas

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Nätverk och system

Simon Duquennoy

Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Thiemo Voigt

Uppsala universitet

Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Giuseppe Anastasi

Universita di Pisa

IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology

0018-9545 (ISSN)

Vol. 66 2 1573-1588 7451274


Informations- och kommunikationsteknik


Data- och informationsvetenskap




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