In the TCN Lab & Innovation section of this website, we want to show the community what we’re up to and what we’re passionate about. In addition to the current software products we'll below share some of our innovation work and research projects. In the end you’ll have insights on our technology.

Advanced Technology Research

H2020: Proactive network performance management in 5G and Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

The conclusions from a phase 1 project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 SME Instruments programme during 2015 and 2016, is that TCN TimeAnalyzer can be developed into a key component in the orchestration layer in a 5G and SDN architecture.

TCN will integrate TCN TimeAnalyzer into the SDN architecture with the aim of contributing to the advanced orchestrator algorithms for automated creation and deployment of service chains and dynamic optimization of service quality. Thereby, the network can guarantee the real-time requirements of the most time-sensitive network applications.

Within the feasibility study TCN has established close contact with Ericsson Research 5G Transport Lab, SICS and Acreo (Swedish ICT Research).

Eurostars: Real-time support for heterogenous networks in automotive applications (RETINA) project

The RETINA project started March 2016. The project will develop a software tool set that provides time-critical, predictable and reliable communication for automotive applications in heterogeneous systems and networks, including wireless networks. The tool set will allow the user to design, develop and evaluate time-critical applications such as advanced safety systems and autonomous vehicles. This will put high requirements on both in-vehicle infrastructure, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to infrastructure utilizing the next generation of mobile networks for ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems).

Go to RETINA Project web site.

This project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 Joint Programme with co-funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

FFI - Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation

The Ethernet Communication for Real-time Automotive Applications (ECRA) project that started in February 2016 will consider recent advances in Ethernet technology and IEEE standardisation, with the aim to provide knowledge for development methods and tools to support advanced safety applications such as autonomous driving and camera monitoring applications. The project will focus on:

  • Reliable and robust communication for advanced safety functions in vehicles
  • Fault tolerance and redundancy issues in Ethernet networks
  • Time-critical and synchronisation problem in vehicle communication
  • Power over same cable as the data transmission, Power over Data Lines
  • Optical and electrical gigabit links
  • Efficient implementation of Ethernet software.

The Audio Video Bridging (AVB) project that ended in December 2015 has produced valuable results and knowledge in different automotive Ethernet areas, including: Identification of proper requirements and use cases, creation of an infotainment test bench and adaptation of tools for simulation, usage of simulator and test bench for studies of Ethernet AVB for different network configurations and traffic flows, and monitoring and participating in the future development of standards and platforms for Ethernet AVB.

The Ethernet Communication in Automotive Environment (ECAE) project that ended December 2015 has produced valuable results and knowledge in different automotive Ethernet areas, including: Ethernet (100 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s) based on unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), participation in further standardization of automotive Ethernet in IEEE and OPEN Alliance, development and use of a simulator and a test bench based on AUTOSAR for analysis of various Ethernet network topologies and traffic cases, and requirements on methods and tools for the automotive development process.

Technology Insight

TCN is developing software tools which analyze traffic flows forwarded across standard Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Ethernet switches supporting IEEE 802.3. The software tools predict bandwidth utilization, upper bounds on latency and jitter as well as the requested amount of buffer space on each switch etc. Together these analyzes ensure that (i) Ethernet frames are received by their deadlines and (ii) no packet loss occurs.

The white papers below make the case for the use of standard and regular Ethernet in time-sensitive applications by promoting a model-based design approach.

White Papers & Reports