Real-time remote access laboratory with distributed and modular design

Maiti, Ananda and Kist, Alexander A. and Maxwell, Andrew D. (2015) Real-time remote access laboratory with distributed and modular design. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 62 (6). pp. 3607-3618. ISSN 0278-0046


Remote Access Laboratories (RAL) are online environments for operating instruments and collecting measurement data over the Internet. Such systems are often deployed by Universities to support undergraduate student and are generally follow the client-server paradigm. This paper
discusses a RAL system that enables peer-to-peer (P2P)
experiment design and sharing. For this, a modular design is
required that allows participating nodes to create rigs and host those individually at distributed locations. The proposed architecture is generic and can be used with any distributed P2P network control systems over the internet. In this paper, a distributed remote control framework is presented with regards to a P2P RAL system. The experiments in the RAL require three subsystems handling the user interface, instruction interpretation and instruction execution which can be organized and operated in different manners depending upon the experiment. The key component for creating and controlling experiments are microcontrollers that can be easily obtained, configured and
setup for use over the internet. The most popular
microcontrollers are examined for suitability to the distributed control architecture. The basic layout of a message-based network protocol suitable for programming the devices and communication between peers for remote instrumentation and control is discussed and queuing and flow control mechanisms are compared and tested for the proposed framework.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: (c) 2013 IEEE. Personal use is permitted, but republication or redistribution requires IEEE permission.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 04:00
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 05:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote laboratories; networking; message oriented middleware; microcontrollers; web instrumentation
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080599 Distributed Computing not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2014.2374572

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