|Timely Status Updating Through Intermittent Sensing and Transmission
|Omur Ozel, George Washington University, United States
|N.8: Timely Updates
|Networking and Network Coding
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|We consider a novel intermittent status updating model motivated by intermittent operations in energy harvesting nodes. In particular, we consider status updating through non-preemptive sensing and transmission operations, each costing a single energy recharge of the node. The sensing time for each update is independent with a general distribution. The transmission queue has a single server receiving packets generated after sensing operation, general service time distribution and a single data buffer to save the latest arriving update packet. Once energy is harvested, the node has to decide whether to activate sensing to generate a new update or transmission to send the existing update (if any) to the receiver. We prove that average peak age of information (AoI) at the receiver is minimized by a threshold-based stopping rule that accepts only young packets to the transmission server. We then use this result to address average AoI optimization over the considered stopping rules through novel hybrid waiting and thresholding schemes. Our numerical results show the improvements in average AoI maintained by hybrid schemes.