Deterministic Ethernet Forum 2015

AVnu Alliance, Cisco and TTTech Successfully Host World’s First Deterministic Ethernet Forum

AVnu Alliance, Cisco and TTTech successfully held the first-ever Deterministic Ethernet Forum for automotive in-vehicle networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) on October 23 in Vienna, Austria. More than 200 representatives of leading companies from various industries around the world gathered at the Orangerie of Schoenbrunn Palace, making the event a milestone for driving global Deterministic Ethernet standards and showcasing the simplicity and flexibility Deterministic Ethernet is delivering across automotive and industrial verticals.

Market leaders discussed and endorsed Deterministic Ethernet and Time-Sensitive Networking through dedicated keynotes, panel discussions and an exhibition area that featured notable exhibitors ranging from Altera, Cisco and Vector to NXP, Softing and Infineon, displaying their latest solutions and technologies. During breaks participants had the chance to experience Deterministic Ethernet “at work” through piloted parking demonstrated by Audi with an autonomous driving car in the garden area of the Orangerie.

Alejandro Vukotich, Head of Development Driver Assistance Systems at Audi, held the keynote for the automotive track, highlighting the cross-industry relevance of Deterministic Ethernet. “Reliability, synchronization and safety are important topics across industries,” said Vukotich. “Within the development of our highly integrated zFAS platform ECU for piloted driving Deterministic Ethernet enables the building of a safety-critical system.”

For the industrial track of the event Paul Didier, Senior Architect, IoE Vertical Solutions at Cisco, held a keynote discussing key considerations for networking products as well as future-proof solutions for the Industrial IoT. “Together with TTTech we are working on improving the core standard networking technologies within IEEE 802.1 Ethernet to guarantee a more precise delivery of information in a certain timeframe. Deterministic Ethernet technologies provide a guarantee for critical traffic in a converged network, enabling critical and real-time operations (OT) to be connected with IT functions.,” explained Didier. “Such benefits are the reason why Deterministic Ethernet is becoming the new common language for Industry 4.0.”

In his presentation Kevin Stanton, Chairman of AVnu Alliance, explained the role AVnu Alliance will play in extending interoperability of standard Ethernet to include TSN. “AVnu Alliance is similar to other groups that certify interoperability – but focused on synchronized, deterministic networking.”

“It was great to see such enthusiasm and support for TSN within the European community,” added Stanton. “The maturity of the presentations and strength of participation at the Deterministic Ethernet Forum are evidence of a readiness for an interoperable baseline of time-sensitive Ethernet within the industrial and automotive markets.”

In the closing remarks Georg Kopetz, co-founder and member of the executive board at TTTech, highlighted once more the need for introducing standards to further drive the automotive and industial network evolution. “Standardization is a key enabler to ensure interoperability,” said Kopetz. “Industrial IoT can benefit from the scale of the automotive industry by adopting Deterministic Ethernet standards like the IEEE TSN standards for industrial control and factory automation.”

The Deterministic Ethernet Forum took place on October 23 at the Orangerie of Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. The event saw presentations by representatives from Altera, Audi, AVnu Alliance, B&R, Cisco, Delphi, GE, HYDAC, KUKA, NXP, OPC Foundation, Renesas and Vestas.

Download the presentations held at the Deterministic Ethernet Forum