Bachelor/Master Thesis: Simulation of Real-Time Ethernet Clusters
Simulations are highly useful during the complete lifecycle of a product, assisting from the design phase to product-in-the-loop testing. At the system integration level, cluster simulations (or Restbus-Simulations) allow a real system (single or multiple) under test to connect with virtual networks, wherein the rest of the system nodes are virtual and capable of real time communication. Thus, the behavior of system under test can be verified as part of the whole real-time system. This thesis will focus on developing a cluster simulation for real time ethernet.
Various development and test stages in V-Model (Source: www.producttribe.com)
Real-Time ethernet is a popular approach to handle the increasing complexity and bandwidth demands of distributed real-time systems, while also being deterministic and reliable unlike traditional ethernet. A prominent example is the automobile industry, where traditional protocols such as CAN and FlexRay fall considerably short of the resource demands set by complex features such as driver-assistance systems.
The goals of this thesis are:
- Investigation of real-time ethernet protocols and available libraries that may be used (e.g. OMNeT++)
- Implementation of a network of configurable virtual nodes, capable of real-time ethernet communication, within the multi-domain simulation platform VEROSIM
- Validating and verifying the simulation cluster with real system nodes