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Títol: Design and development of a gateway between Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and 5G Networks

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Departament: ENTEL

Títol: Design and development of a gateway between Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and 5G Networks

Data inici oferta: 04-02-2022     Data finalització oferta: 04-10-2022

Estudis d'assignació del projecte:
Tipus: Individual
Lloc de realització: EETAC
Segon director/a (UPC): AGUSTÍ TORRA, ANNA
Paraules clau:
Time-Sensitive Networking, 5G, gateway
Descripció del contingut i pla d'activitats:
Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) introduces timing and strict quality of service in Ethernet, making it suitable for industrial communications. More details about TSN can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-Sensitive_Networking

5G networks are also starting to be used in industrial communications. Therefore, some kind of gateway between TSN and 5G is needed, and that is the role of the recently defined 5G User Plane Function (UPF) and TSN Translator (TT) function. For more details, see https://www.ericsson.com/en/blog/2021/2/how-5g-integrates-tsn-systems

This thesis will include:

- Studying in detail the architecture and requirements of the UPF and TT functions.
- Designing and implementing a prototype of both functions.

We will build on the results from previous theses:


Overview (resum en anglès):
This bachelor¿s degree thesis includes the design and development of a gateway between a 5G network and a Time-Sensitive Network (TSN).
On the one hand, TSN is defined as a series of standards developed by the IEEE 802.1 group with the objective of achieving temporal determinism of the frames in Ethernet networks (wired networks), thus granting quality of service
in industrial network scenarios, by means of the classification of flows depending on its criticality. This is performed thanks to the use of techniques like scheduling through the IEEE 802.1Qbv (Time Aware Shaper), the temporal
synchronization of the involved devices (802.1AS), or the credit-based fair queueing mechanism (802.1Qav), among others.
On the other hand, 5G is constituted as the fifth generation of mobile communication technologies. The improvements in bandwidth and latency compared to its predecessor, the 4G, turn it into a good option to develop new applications in the industrial and internet of things (IoT) environments, where parameters as the delay are critical, and provides mobility and flexibility, for instance, in the distribution of PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) of the machines that are involved in the industrial process. The 3GPP organization is in charge of establishing the specifications regarding the 5G technology, and defines various ways of functioning of the aforementioned technology in the
5G-TSN integration, which can act as a ¿cable¿ or as a ¿switch¿.
Therefore, the objective of the project is to carry out an approximation that contributes to integrate a 5G network inside a network with TSN traffic, focusing on the time synchronization of the devices and the quality of service mapping from TSN to 5G.
The proposed scenario in this bachelor¿s degree thesis contemplates the use of hardware which is suitable to work in TSN networks, combined with emulators that will imitate the behaviour of a 5G network, both the user plane and the control plane.

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