Wednesday, July 14, 2010

De-Mystifying Smart Grid Standards – IETF RoLL overview

An excellent overview of what's happening at IETF RoLL WG

"At the upcoming IETF 78 meeting, the Routing over Low power and Lossy Networks (RoLL) Working Group – co-chaired by Arch Rock CTO Dr. David Culler – will review the IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low power and Lossy Networks (RPL) core draft prior to an expected “last call.” Acceptance – after potential modifications – will mean the protocol specifications would be published as a Request for Comment (RFC) and be implemented by vendors.

IP routing is a key feature for the Smart Grid industry. By implementing RPL, the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) will benefit from basic IP routing characteristics such as:
  • Dynamic discovery of network paths and destination “reachability”
  • Ability to adapt to logical network topology changes, equipment failures or network outages “on the fly”
  • Independence from data-link-layer technologies
  • Different AMI networks’ exit paths through multiple edge routers for high availability and load balancing"

Read More: Archrock Blog

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