Provided by: MIT Publications
This paper deals with a new straightforward approach to significantly increase the bandwidth usage in FlexRay networks. The authors propose a new hardware component, termed FlexWay that facilitates partitioning the network into multiple clusters. This component provides a switching service that enables the execution of synchronous communications inside each cluster. Further, it is in compliance with the FlexRay protocol specification v2.1 as no change at the protocol layer is required. They place a great deal of emphasis on minimizing the inter-frame gap regarding the new topology and the proposed switching mechanism which is based on interrupts. Furthermore, they describe how FlexWay improves the fault-tolerance of the whole system by limiting the impact of babbling idiot and short circuit failures.