Profi-load: An FPGA-Based Solution for Generating Network Load in Profinet Communication

Ahmad Khaliq, Sangeet Saha, Bina Bhatt, Dongbing Gu, Klaus McDonald-Maier

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Abstract

Industrial automation has received a considerable attention in the last few years with the rise of Internet of Things (IoT). Specifically, industrial communication network technology such as Profinet has proved to be a major game changer for such automation. However, industrial automation devices often have to exhibit robustness to dynamically changing network conditions and thus, demand a rigorous testing environment to avoid any safety-critical failures. Hence, in this paper, we have proposed an FPGA-based novel framework called 'Profi-Load' to generate Profinet traffic with specific intensities for a specified duration of time. The proposed Profi-Load intends to facilitate the performance testing of the industrial automated devices under various network conditions. By using the advantage of inherent hardware parallelism and re-configurable features of FPGA, Profi-Load is able to generate Profinet traffic efficiently. Moreover, it can be reconfigured on the fly as per the specific requirements. We have developed our proposed Profi-Load framework by employing the Xilinx-based 'NetJury' device which belongs to Zynq-7000 FPGA family. A series of experiments have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Profi-Load and it has been observed that Profi-Load is able to generate precise load at a constant rate for stringent timing requirements. Furthermore, a suitable Human Machine Interface (HMI) has also been developed for quick access to our framework. The HMI at the client side can directly communicate with the NetJury device and parameters such as, required load amount, number of packet(s) to be sent or desired time duration can be selected using the HMI.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019
PublisherIEEE
Pages865-872
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728145693, 9781728145686
ISBN (Print)9781728145709
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Bari, Italy
Duration: 6 Oct 20199 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
PublisherIEEE
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1062-922X
ISSN (Electronic)2577-1655

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Abbreviated titleSMC 2019
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBari
Period6/10/199/10/19

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