Marsal, G.; Denis, B.; Faure, J.-M.; Frey. G.:
Evaluation of Response Time in Ethernet-based Automation Systems.
Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2006), Prague, Czech Republic, pp. 380-387, September 2006.

This paper presents a method to assess response time of automation system architectures including industrial switched Ethernet networks using client/server protocols. The method relies upon modeling the behavior of the components of these architectures in the form of Hierarchical Timed Colored Petri Nets and upon simulation of these models. A case study exemplifies the method and shows how it can facilitate design of automation systems including this kind of industrial Ethernet networks.