Development of a Centralized Network Controller for Networks based on the Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) Ethernet Standards

Author Andreu Servera
Supervisor/s Inés Álvarez Vadillo | Julián Proenza Arenas
In Universitat de les Illes Balears, 2021.

The constant evolution of the Industry 4.0 requires industrial network communications to continuously improve to meet the requirements of the existing industrial operations.
Cyber-physical systems enable new ways of production, value creation and real-time optimization, providing means for the customization and personalization of products. To make this change possible, industrial network communications have to provide deterministic real-time properties and the ability to adapt to the constant changes in the requirements of the product line.

Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) is a set of new IEEE standards that aims to provide deterministic real-time communications over Ethernet. TSN also provides centralized online
configuration and control architectures which eases the deployment of large networks. Moreover, it enables the reconfiguration of the network in order to adapt to changes in the production chain and make a better use of the network’s resources.

In this project we implement a Centralized Network Controller (CNC) as software in charge of the automatic configuration of a set of TSN bridges that make use of TSN standards. We also perform a verification process of the CNC using commercial TSN bridges.


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