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Methoden und Anwendungen der Steuerungs-, Regelungs- und Informationstechnik

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Volume 64, Issue 9

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Software-based smart factory networking

Software-basierte Netzwerke für intelligente Fabriken

Robert Bauer / Roland Bless / Christian Haas
  • Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB), Fraunhoferstraße 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany Germany
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Published Online: 2016-09-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auto-2016-0072

Abstract

This paper describes a framework for software-based networking in smart factories (SF) that enables them to easily adapt the communication network to changing requirements. Similar to cloud-based systems, such SFs could be seen as production clusters that could be rented and configured as needed. The SF network utilizes software-defined networking (SDN) combined with network functions virtualization (NFV) in order to achieve the required flexibility. This paper presents and discusses our vision of a network architecture for SFs based on SDN and network virtualization in order to support smart services especially for Industrie 4.0. Despite the fact that the technology is nowadays not yet ready for deployment in today's manufacturing networks, we present a framework for software-defined factory networks and discuss possible challenges and benefits.

Zusammenfassung

Dieser Beitrag erläutert das Konzept Software-basierter Netzwerke für intelligente Fabriken (Smart Factories, SF). Die vorgestellte Architektur verfolgt das Ziel, SFs eine einfache Anpassung der Kommunikationsnetze an sich ändernde Anforderungen zu ermöglichen. SFs könnten, ähnlich wie cloudbasierte Systeme, als Produktionscluster aufgefasst werden, welche nach Bedarf angemietet und konfiguriert werden. Die hierzu erforderliche Flexibilität von SF-Netzwerken wird durch den Einsatz von Software-defined Networking (SDN) in Kombination mit Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ermöglicht. In diesem Beitrag wird unsere Vision einer Netzwerkarchitektur für SFs vorgestellt und diskutiert. Auf der Basis von SDN und Netzwerkvirtualisierung soll diese Architektur internetbasierte Dienstleistungsmodelle (Smart Services), insbesondere für Industrie 4.0, ermöglichen. Obwohl die genannte Technologie, zum aktuellen Zeitpunkt, noch nicht für einen Einsatz in Produktionsnetzen bereit ist, stellen wir ein Konzept für Software-definierte Netzwerke für SFs vor und erörtern mögliche Vorteile, aber auch Herausforderungen.

Keywords: Software-defined networking; network functions virtualization; network security; smart factory

Schlagwörter: Software-defined Networking; Network Functions Virtualization; Netzwerksicherheit; Intelligente Fabrik

About the article

Robert Bauer

Research assistant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since 2014. Research Topics: Advanced communication systems based on Software Defined Networking, Network Functions Virtualization and Service Function Chaining, communication paradigms, user-tailored services.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Telematics, Zirkel 2, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Tel.: +49 (0) 721 608-46404

Roland Bless

Dr. Roland Bless is a senior researcher at the Institute of Telematics. His research interests are Future Internet architectures, Software-Defined Networking and Network Virtualization, Quality-of-Service, and Network Security. He is actively participating in Internet Standardization since 1998.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Telematics, Zirkel 2, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Tel.: +49 (0) 721 608-46413

Christian Haas

Dr.-Ing. Christian Haas received his diploma degree in Computer Science and his doctoral degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since 2015 he is a group manager of a research group on Securely Networked Systems at Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe. His research interests are network security and security for industrial production networks.

Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB), Fraunhoferstraße 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Tel.: +49 (0) 721 6091-605

Markus Jung

Markus Jung is a research assistant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since 2015. His research interests are network security and communication protocols for constrained environments in the Internet of Everything, including Industry 4.0.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Telematics, Zirkel 2, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Tel.: +49 (0) 721 608-46415

Martina Zitterbart

Martina Zitterbart is full professor in computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. Her current research interests include flexible and high performance communication systems, network security and privacy as well as the Internet of Everything.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Telematics, Zirkel 2, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Tel.: +49 (0) 721 608-46400


Accepted: 2016-08-14

Received: 2016-04-19

Published Online: 2016-09-13

Published in Print: 2016-09-28


Citation Information: at - Automatisierungstechnik, Volume 64, Issue 9, Pages 765–773, ISSN (Online) 2196-677X, ISSN (Print) 0178-2312, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auto-2016-0072.

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