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The Factory-in-the Cloud project: Providing industrial product services in the cloud and fog.

Per Gunningberg

Date and Time
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 14:15.

Polacksbacken, ITC, room 1211.

We envision future factories being designed by compositions of smart connected components, with a large part of the intelligence residing in the Cloud. This will enable increased flexibility and evolvability of manufacturing, as well as pave the way for new business models where production facilities can be accessible as cloud services.

Moving a large part of the production complexity to the Cloud has benefits in cost, energy efficiency, sharing of resources, increased flexibility, adaptability and evolvability, and provide in general a strong basis for innovation. There are however associated challenges, including providing efficient and predictable (safe and secure) computation and communication, and coping with the huge amounts of data needed to provide the envisioned intelligence.

Factory-in-the Cloud (FiC) is a long term SSF project providing generic solutions for Future factories in the Cloud in the form of an integrated set of techniques and generic tools for future smart products and production systems, including architectural templates for cloud based production. The FiC project is targeting issues related to the infrastructure for communication and computation in a cloud based system, as well as safety assurance for such systems.

I will in this talk discuss and compare architectures for Industrial Internet, Industrie 4.0, IoT for industrial control, Fog computing, 5G network slices and some other with similar objectives. I will also speculate in research issues that follow from these architectures. The focus is on consistency, latency and security challenges in the Cloud/Fog architectures and that the Communication group are addressing in this SSF project.

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Updated  2017-01-10 14:00:38 by Per Gunningberg.