Breaking silos to guarantee control stability with communication over ethernet TSN

Rouhollah Mahfouzi, Amir Aminifar, Soheil Samii, Ahmed Rezine, Petru Eles, Zebo Peng

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The cross-layer approach presented in this article involves co-designing a feedback controller’s parameters together with the schedule of an Ethernet network used for communicating state information and control signals. The temporal properties of an Ethernet network depend significantly on the schedules and routes of the data flows along switches. Researchers have studied various design-space exploration problems to synthesize Ethernet schedules and routes in the context of hard deadlines and worst-case latencies. In this article, researchers consider the joint control-communication synthesis of cyber–physical systems (CPSs) with Ethernet networks in automotive applications. The design variables researchers are considering in this article have traditionally been treated separately in organizational silos by different engineers. These design variables include control and stability, routing of network packets, and scheduling of network packets. This article illustrates the need to break silos by considering the control and communication synthesis problems in a crosslayer, integrated design approach to guarantee the stability of control applications closed by an Ethernet Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-56
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Design and Test
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems


  • Automotive Systems
  • Control-Scheduling Co-Design
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Embedded Control Systems
  • Ethernet Networks
  • IEEE 802.1 TSN
  • Integrated Routing and Scheduling
  • Real-Time Control Systems
  • Stability-Aware Design


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