Characterizing the Timing Behaviour of Power-Line Communications by Means of Simulation
Ref: HURRAY-TR-0429 Publication Date: 30, Jun, 2004
Characterizing the Timing Behaviour of Power-Line Communications by Means of SimulationRef: HURRAY-TR-0429 Publication Date: 30, Jun, 2004
Although power-line communication (PLC) is not a new technology, its use to support communication with timing requirements is still the focus of ongoing research. Recently, a new infrastructure was presented, intended for communication using power lines from a central location to geographically dispersed nodes using inexpensive devices. This new infrastructure uses a two-level hierarchical power-line system, together with an IP-based network. Within this infrastructure, in order to provide end-to-end communication hrough the two levels of the powerline system, it is necessary to fully understand the behaviour of the underlying network layers. The master/slave behaviour of the PLC MAC, together with the inherent dynamic topology of power-line networks are important issues that must be fully characterised. Therefore, in this paper we present a simulation model which is being used to study and characterise the behaviour of power-line communication.
3rd International Workshop on Real- Time Networks (RTN 2004), pp 81-84.