Enforcing Network Safety-Margins in Industrial Process Control Using MACD Indicators

Thomas Krug*, Jürgen Dobaj, Georg Macher

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, process control systems deployed in factories and power plants must be able to exchange information between subsystems handling various aspects of the controlled process. To facilitate communication increasingly heterogeneous networks are used, leading to the problem of load spikes or bursts in bandwidth usage. This raises the question of how to adapt the traffic to ensure dependable communication for safety relevant functions of the process control. We examined the applicability of the Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicator, used in the financial sector for the detection of bandwidth bursts. Introducing a monitoring component, which calculates the MACD indicator and throttles the transmission of low-priority events, we are able to avoid congestion of the network. This paper shows our novel approach which allows for enforcing network safety-margins of distributed process control systems using a finance indicator as short term predictor of network traffic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystems, Software and Services Process Improvement
Subtitle of host publication29th European Conference, EuroSPI 2022, Proceedings
EditorsMurat Yilmaz, Paul Clarke, Richard Messnarz, Bruno Wöran
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783031155581
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event29th European Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: EuroSPI 202 - Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 31 Aug 20222 Sep 2022

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1646 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference29th European Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement
Abbreviated titleEuroSPI 202


  • Dependable networking
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Industrial control systems
  • MACD indicator
  • Prediction
  • Runtime adaption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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