37th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (2012)
Clearwater Beach, FL, USA USA
Oct. 22, 2012 to Oct. 25, 2012
David A. Miller , Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng., Iowa State University, Ames, 50011, U.S.A.
Ahmed E. Kamal , Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng., Iowa State University, Ames, 50011, U.S.A.
To properly operate closed industrial control networks, it is required that communication with nearly constant delay bounds be supported. In  the authors introduced FlexTDMA in order to provide this support, and with minimal delay-jitter in an asynchronous network, under unicast communication. In this paper we consider how periodic on-off traffic and frame loss are managed in the presence of network component clock drifts and bandwidth loads, and introduce the FlexTDMA+ protocol. This protocol includes three improvements over FlexTDMA: baseline preemption, partial baselining and baseline deadline density control. In this paper we consider the relative value of each of these improvements, individually and in combination, has in handling these network conditions.
Delay, Switches, Clocks, Protocols, Bandwidth, Topology, Jitter, asynchronous, Industrial control networks, constant delay, delay-jitter
D. A. Miller and A. E. Kamal, "Impact of network conditions on delay-stable communications in closed industrial control networks," 37th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks(LCN), Clearwater Beach, FL, USA USA, 2012, pp. 545-550.