Implementing and evaluating the coordination layer andtime-synchronization of a new protocol for industrial communication networks

Turan, Ulaş
Currently automation components of large-scale industrial systems are realized with distributed controller devices that use local sensor/actuator events and exchange shared events with communication networks. Fast paced improvement of Ethernet provoked its usage in industrial communication networks. The incompatibility of standard Ethernet protocol with the real-time requirements encouraged industry and academic researchers to provide a resolution for this problem. However, the existing solutions in the literature suggest a static bandwidth allocation for each controller device which usually leads to an inefficient bandwidth use.Dynamic Distributed Dependable Real-time Industrial Communication Protocol (D3RIP) family dynamically updates the necessary bandwidth allocation according to the messages generated by the control application. D3RIP is composed of two protocols; interface layer that provides time-slotted access to the shared medium based on an accurate clock synchronization of the distributed controller devices and coordination layer that decides the ownership of real-time slots. In this thesis, coordination layer protocol of D3RIP family and the IEEE 1588 time synchronization protocol is implemented and tested on the real hardware system that resembles a factory plant floor. In the end, we constructed a system that runs an instance of D3RIP family with 3ms time-slots that guarantees 6.6ms latency for the real-time packets of control application. The results proved that our implementation may be used in distributed controller realizations and encouraged us to further improve the timing constraints.


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Citation Formats
U. Turan, “Implementing and evaluating the coordination layer andtime-synchronization of a new protocol for industrial communication networks,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.