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Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Industrial Control Networks

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Industrial control networks are networks that are used to communicate commands and data of an automated process. They have seen significant proliferation over the past two decades due to their flexibility and comparatively low infrastructure cost. The recent significant increase in bandwidth of wired and wireless networks has also contributed to their widespread use. However, despite these advances the issues due to the inclusion of a communication network in a control system such as delay, jitter, packet dropouts and security tend to limit the ability of exploiting these technological developments due to their effect on performance and reliability.

Furthermore, in order to counter these issues, industrial standards of control networks demand high redundancy. For example, Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) requires every node to have two network interfaces for two parallel isolated redundant networks to ensure that even if one packet is dropped due to network failure, the other will reach its destination. Despite the vast body of scientific research in this area, the industry standards remain rather rigid. Therefore, the main objective of this Research Topic is to address this gap by soliciting papers that while being fundamentally research provide practitioners with necessary insights. Submissions shall include but will be not necessarily limited to: performance and reliability, fault diagnosis, event based (sporadic) sampling, security, scalability and teletraffic modeling.


Keywords: Networked control systems, Communication Constraints, Packet Dropout, Event-triggered control systems, Network congestion control


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Industrial control networks are networks that are used to communicate commands and data of an automated process. They have seen significant proliferation over the past two decades due to their flexibility and comparatively low infrastructure cost. The recent significant increase in bandwidth of wired and wireless networks has also contributed to their widespread use. However, despite these advances the issues due to the inclusion of a communication network in a control system such as delay, jitter, packet dropouts and security tend to limit the ability of exploiting these technological developments due to their effect on performance and reliability.

Furthermore, in order to counter these issues, industrial standards of control networks demand high redundancy. For example, Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) requires every node to have two network interfaces for two parallel isolated redundant networks to ensure that even if one packet is dropped due to network failure, the other will reach its destination. Despite the vast body of scientific research in this area, the industry standards remain rather rigid. Therefore, the main objective of this Research Topic is to address this gap by soliciting papers that while being fundamentally research provide practitioners with necessary insights. Submissions shall include but will be not necessarily limited to: performance and reliability, fault diagnosis, event based (sporadic) sampling, security, scalability and teletraffic modeling.


Keywords: Networked control systems, Communication Constraints, Packet Dropout, Event-triggered control systems, Network congestion control


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 October 2017 Manuscript
31 December 2017 Manuscript Extension

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31 December 2017 Manuscript Extension

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