Submission Deadline: 31 December 2019
IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Software Defined Networks for Energy Internet and Smart Grid Communications.
A new network paradigm of Software Defined Networks (SDN) is being widely adapted to efficiently monitor and manage the communication networks with a global perspective. SDN has a key networking feature that separates control and data plane. Today, due to its inherent benefits, SDN has been widely applied to various networking domains including data centers, WAN, enterprise, Optical Networks, Under Water Sensor Networks (UWSN), Energy Internet (EI), and Smart Grid (SG).
Energy Internet (EI) and Smart Grid (SG) are two complementary terms. Energy Internet refers to the vision of integrating future electricity grid into the web. Smart Grid refers to the advancement of current electricity grid with the help of information and communication technologies. The key feature that distinguishes EI from the SG is its tight coupling of EI with the Internet. One might argue that EI is the advanced form of Smart Grid. Nevertheless, as both EI and SG technologies differ in various ways, especially in terms of implementation and applications, there are fundamental research questions that are yet to be addressed. In a traditional Internet scenario, organizations have local area networks (LANs). These small LANs are from the small geographical areas such as cites and are connected together to form Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), which are then inter-connected together to form Wide Area Networks (WANs). Likewise, in an EI scenario, a world-wide energy-Wide Area Network (e-WAN) is composed of networked regional small-scale energy-Local Area Networks (e-LANs). Similar to a network router in the traditional Internet, we have an e-router in the EI, which is responsible for power delivery and information forwarding.
In order to realize full functionality of EI and SG, an efficient communication system would be essential, i.e., a networked system and infrastructure with fast reliable information flow capability, and support for good system observability and controllability. Such communication systems would facilitate the EI and SG to achieve secure, reliable, and safe power and information exchange. Therefore, SDN has an immense potential in playing a significant role in managing the overall network and communication entities for the future EI and SG systems. By adapting the concepts of SDN in the current as well as to future EI and SG systems, the efficiency and resiliency of the entire system could be significantly improved by further fueling the growth of research and industry methods in EI and SG.
Overall, the goal of this proposed Special Section in IEEE Access is to publish and capture the most recent advances and trends in the promising technologies of Energy Internet and Smart Grid, particularly from the perspective of Software Defined Networks.
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Associate Editor: Mubashir Husain Rehmani, TSSG, WIT, Ireland
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