Performance Improvement of Smart Grid Communications Using Multi-homing and Multi-streaming SCTP

Performance Improvement of Smart Grid Communications Using Multi-homing and Multi-streaming SCTP

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Title: Performance Improvement of Smart Grid Communications Using Multi-homing and Multi-streaming SCTP
Author: Alowaidi, Majed
Abstract: With the obvious evolution and acceleration of smart grid, it is crucial for its success to rely on a solid transmission protocol among its peripherals due to its real time streaming. TCP is the well known traditional transport protocol used for a reliable transmission, and is a major player for smart grid. However, it lacks a fault tolerance transmission method that overcomes potential failures which may mitigate smart grid progress and in its turn decrease its reliability. We propose that smart grid operators utilize SCTP as the principle transport protocol for their smart grid communications, by using the two very significant characteristics offered by SCTP multi-homing and multi-streaming respectively. Thus, we argue that they can override two major obstacles caused by TCP Head of Line Blocking (HLB) and the inability of handling automatically two or more paths to a final destination. Although SCTP resembles TCP in many aspects, SCTP can definitely play a dominant role in many current and future applications due to its key features that do not exist in TCP. We have used ns2.34 simulator as the tool whom we relied on to investigate whether or not smart grid may benefit over TCP by the two SCTP features, and have analyzed the output of simulated results by using other analytical tools. As we obtain results, we argue that smart grid operators should rely on SCTP as a feasible transmission protocol instead of TCP.
Date: 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/22735
Supervisor: El Saddik, Abdulmotaleb
Yu, Richard
Faculty: Génie / Engineering
Degree: MASc

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