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The Trickle Algorithm

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
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Authors P Levis , Thomas H. Clausen
Last updated 2013-02-19 (Latest revision 2010-02-25)
Replaced by draft-ietf-roll-trickle
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The Trickle algorithm allows wireless nodes to exchange information in a highly robust, energy efficient, simple, and scalable manner. Dynamically adjusting transmission windows allows Trickle to spread new information on the scale of link-layer transmission times while sending only a few messages per hour when information does not change. A simple suppression nechanism and transmission point selection allows Trickle's communication rate to scale logarithmically with density. This document describes Trickle and considerations in its use.


P Levis
Thomas H. Clausen

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