Proceedings of International Conference on Applied Innovation in IT
2020/03/10, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.7-12

Dynamic Real-Time Stream Reservation for IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networks with OpenFlow


Martin Boehm, Jannis Ohms, Manish Kumar, Olaf Gebauer, Diederich Wermser


Abstract: Industrial network communication requirements are changing within Industry 4.0. Current static industrial networks will require flexibility and need on demand stream r eservation with r eal-time c apabilities. Timesensitive Networking (TSN) offers real-time communication for Ethernet while also providing a mechanism to dynamically request streams (IEEE 802.1Qcc). The standard does not provide concrete specifications for the implementation. This paper evaluates the OpenFlow protocol known from Software-Defined Networking (SDN) for network management in TSN-networks. Requirements for a centralized TSN-controller were identified and OpenFlow has been evaluated if it can fulfill these requirements. An architecture for a TSN-controller has been presented. A proof-of-concept has been implemented and evaluated.

Keywords: Time-Sensitive Networking, Software-Defined Networking, Network Management, Industry 4.0

DOI: 10.25673/32741

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