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Communication abstraction supports network resource virtualisation in automation

Santiago Soler Perez Olaya; Martin Wollschlaeger; Dennis Krummacker; Christoph Fischer; Hans D Schotten; René Guillaume; Joachim W Walewski; Norman Franchi
In: 2018 IEEE 27th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE). IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE-2018), located at 27th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, June 13-15, Cairns, QLD, Australia, Pages 697-702, ISBN Electronic ISBN: 978-1-5386-3705-0, IEEE Xplore, 2018.


In this contribution, an abstraction model for communication in distributed automation applications is proposed. This model facilitates a stringent delineation of the application and communication network, and fosters topics such as the introduction of service-oriented communication functions into automation and the abstraction of heterogeneous communication networks. This is necessary to support the flexibility demands of future industrial applications, realizable with modern communication concepts like Software Defined Networks. The paper proposes a classification of communication requirements, and discusses implementation aspects.


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