Title: A control framework to develop smart grid communications: possible pointers from multiservice network research

Authors: Ali Maqousi; Tatiana Balikhina; Kashinath Basu; Frank Ball

Addresses: Faculty of Information Technology, University of Petra, Amman, P.O. Box 961343, 11196, Jordan ' Faculty of Information Technology, University of Petra, Amman, P.O. Box 961343, 11196, Jordan ' Department of Computing and Communication Technologies, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX33 1HX, UK ' Frank Ball Consulting, 2 Sycamore Cresent, Oxford, OX14 2LF, UK

Abstract: This paper addresses the challenge of developing an architecture for the smart grid with the particular focus to support smart grid communication. It considers the smart grid system in general to identify the relationship between the power distribution and communication networks, and then focuses mainly on smart grid communication requirements. It observes the similarity between the quality of service (QoS) requirements for smart grid communications and those identified in multiservice networking. It reviews the principles of open communication and introduces architectures for open communication that have been enhanced to meet the requirements of multiservice. It discusses previous research into multiservice with a review into recent work focused on meeting the multiservice requirements of smart grid communications. Based on these, the paper presents key specific pointers toward defining a contextual control framework for the data transport system of the smart grid.

Keywords: smart grid communications; open communication; quality of service; QoS; multiservice networking; middleware; software defined networking; active queue management; AQM; cross-layer; class-based queuing; weighted fair queuing; WFQ.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCC.2017.083987

International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications, 2017 Vol.8 No.2, pp.132 - 149

Accepted: 24 Nov 2016
Published online: 30 Apr 2017 *

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