VirtuWind - An SDN- and NFV-based Architecture for Softwarized Industrial Networks

Ermin Sakic, Vivek Kulkarni, Vasileios Theodorou, Anton Matsiuk, Simon Kuenzer, Nikolaos E. Petroulakis, Konstantinos Fysarakis

VirtuWind proposes the application of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in critical infrastructure networks. We aim at introducing network programmability, reconfigurability and multi-tenant capability both inside isolated and inter-connected industrial networks. Henceforth, we present the design of the VirtuWind architecture that addresses the requirements of industrial communications: granular Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees, system modularity and secure and isolated per-tenant network access. We present the functional components of our architecture and provide an overview of the appropriate realization mechanisms. Finally, we map two exemplary industrial system use-cases to the designed architecture to showcase its applicability in an exemplary industrial wind park network.

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