First integrated test package for Avnu Alliance Time Sensitive Networking

First integrated test package for Avnu Alliance Time Sensitive Networking

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By Nick Flaherty

Keysight Technologies has developed an integrated test package for the Avnu Alliance base time sensitive networking (TSN) test plan for the IEEE 802.1AS-2020 standard.

As the adoption of TSN accelerates in the automotive, industrial and telecommunications ecosystems, vendors need to ensure proper implementation of IEEE 802.1 standards to confirm interoperability of devices. The Avnu tests are designed for test programs that assess a product’s conformance to specifications defined in the suite of standards that is the basis for Avnu certification. The Alliance last year set up a global certification programme with labs around the world.

The compliance package has been added to Keysight’s IxNetwork Ethernet test solution.

“Keysight’s compliance package, based on the latest Avnu TSN test plans, will help Avnu members and test houses advance the TSN ecosystem toward open interoperability,” said Gary Stuebing, vice president and chairman of Avnu Alliance. “These test plans encompass the base compliance requirements to support many different applications and uses of TSN. As promoter members of Avnu and active working group contributors, Keysight experts were instrumental to this thorough collaborative effort.”

IxNetwork helps chipset and device manufacturers ensure their devices adhere to the standards for silicon to deliver high-performing gear that interoperates with other standards-conforming devices on an Ethernet network. The TSN capabilities in IxNetwork are used to test and benchmark scenarios which span several IEEE standards and so need an integrated approach. Each IxNetwork test port emulates hundreds of Ethernet endpoints with realistic behaviour. Test scenarios are executed with the IxNetwork graphical user interface (GUI) or application programming interface (API) scripting to characterize performance bottlenecks and resiliency.

“Validation of TSN standards are increasingly important to ensure devices on Ethernet networks work together at the component level,” said Ram Periakaruppan, vice president and general manager, Keysight’s Network Test and Security Solutions group. “Keysight, as a member of Avnu Alliance, has played a key role in standardizing test methodologies for TSN. The addition of this test package to IxNetwork enables chipset and device manufacturers, across a range of markets, to deliver high quality interoperable devices to their customers.”

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