Region streams: functional macroprogramming for sensor networks

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Region streams: functional macroprogramming for sensor networks
Sensor networks present a number of novel programming challenges for application developers. Their inherent limitations of computational power, communication bandwidth, and energy demand new approaches to programming that shield the developer from low-level details of resource management, concurrency, and in-network processing. We argue that sensor networks should be programmed at the global level, allowing the compiler to automatically generate nodal behaviors from a high-level specification of the network’s global behavior. This paper presents the design of a functional macroprogramming language for sensor networks, called Regiment. The essential data model in Regiment is based on region streams, which represent spatially distributed, time-varying collections of node state. A region stream might represent the set of sensor values across all nodes in an area or the aggregation of sensor values within that area. Regiment is a purely functional language, which gives the compiler con...
Ryan Newton, Matt Welsh
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where DMSN
Authors Ryan Newton, Matt Welsh
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