Time-Scheduled Ethernet Standards
Deterministic Ethernet refers to a networked communication technology that uses time scheduling to bring deterministic real-time communication to standard IEEE 802 Ethernet. Deterministic Ethernet operates using a global sense of time and a schedule which is shared between network components.
By using Deterministic Ethernet customers can converge real-time controls traffic with regular best effort traffic on one Ethernet network. Time-scheduled traffic is partitioned from all other network traffic and is therefore immune from disturbance. This means that in a Deterministic Ethernet network, latency of critical scheduled communication is guaranteed. This is called Guarantee of Service.
Deterministic Ethernet is used in a wide range of applications where guaranteed latency is vital, either for reasons of operational efficiency or functional safety. These include autonomous driving, machine-to-machine communication and aerospace flight control.