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For the second time the TSN/A Conference took place on September 29-30 in the form of a virtual event. However, this did not diminish the popularity of the conference: 180 Participants from 18 countries exchanged ideas for two days.
How will we shape the future of industrial automation? Dr. Henning Loeser, Innovation Manager at Audi, explores this question in his keynote speech at the beginning of the TSN/A Conference. In his opinion, discrete automation on the factory floor is about to undergo the next radical change: "We are about to move all computing needs on the factory floor to a data center-like architecture: this architecture will run in virtual machines or in containers, with all the benefits we can learn from IT," Löser is convinced. A change that will have a similar impact as the shift from analog automation to PLCs.
After the visionary outlook, it's down to the nitty-gritty. Janos Farkas (Ericsson), Ludwig Winkel (L.A.N. Winkel), Balazs Varga (Ericsson), Malcolm Smith (Cisco), Donald Pannell (NXP) and Nianshan Shi (Ericsson) will give a comprehensive update on the ongoing standardization work at the IEEE on the subject of TSN in a session lasting a good hour.
The virtual program continues with the two thematic sessions "Software, Systems & Open Source" and "Wireless".
In the software slot, the combination of TSN and Linux plays a major role. But questions such as how a highly integrated system concept can be realized via TSN and OPC UA PubSub also generate a lot of interest. And last but not least, the topic of testing is playing an increasingly important role: What, for example, needs to be considered when testing TSN functionality in base silicon and modules in terms of conformance and interoperability?
The presentations in the wireless slot will first address the general market expectations of a burgeoning wireless TSN market, shed light on how TSN test specifications for wired devices need to be adapted to test wireless TSN devices, and address technical parameters such as end-to-end timing performance in heterogeneous TSN environments.
The second day will focus on the use of TSN in industrial and automotive applications. Dr. Rene Hummen (Hirschmann), for example, takes an in-depth look at the OPC UA FX work of the OPC Foundation, i.e. the determinism extension of OPC UA for the field level. He explains the key concepts of the solution as well as the expected device capabilities.
In particular, the aspect of how to benefit from each other's experience and what synergies can be leveraged between the industrial and automotive sectors takes up a lot of space on this day.
Surprisingly good use is made of the opportunities for discussion and networking during the two days. Even though almost all participants attend the event from their home offices, the "Hallway Discussions" are always well filled and characterized by a lively exchange of ideas. - Nearly 20 months of Corona exception have meant that most have become accustomed to a virtual exchange and use it without reservations.
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