A Scalable Architecture for Power Consumption Monitoring in Industrial Production Environments

Henning, Sören, Hasselbring, Wilhelm and Möbius, Armin (2019) A Scalable Architecture for Power Consumption Monitoring in Industrial Production Environments [Paper] In: 2019 IEEE International Conference on Fog Computing (ICFC), 25.-26. Jun. 2019, Prague, Czech Republic.

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Abstract

Detailed knowledge about the electrical power consumption in industrial production environments is a prerequisite to reduce and optimize their power consumption. Today's industrial production sites are equipped with a variety of sensors that, inter alia, monitor electrical power consumption in detail. However, these environments often lack an automated data collation and analysis.

We present a system architecture that integrates different sensors and analyzes and visualizes the power consumption of devices, machines, and production plants. It is designed with a focus on scalability to support production environments of various sizes and to handle varying loads. We argue that a scalable architecture in this context must meet requirements for fault tolerance, extensibility, real-time data processing, and resource efficiency. As a solution, we propose a microservice-based architecture augmented by big data and stream processing techniques. Applying the fog computing paradigm, parts of it are deployed in an elastic, central cloud while other parts run directly, decentralized in the production environment.

A prototype implementation of this architecture presents solutions how different kinds of sensors can be integrated and their measurements can be continuously aggregated. In order to make analyzed data comprehensible, it features a single-page web application that provides different forms of data visualization. We deploy this pilot implementation in the data center of a medium-sized enterprise, where we successfully monitor the power consumption of 16 servers. Furthermore, we show the scalability of our architecture with 20,000 simulated sensors.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Power Consumption Monitoring, Software Architecture, Microservices, Big Data, Stream Processing
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
Projects: TITAN
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 13:06
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 13:06
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/47107

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