In the field of resource-efficient distributed IT structures we directly address issues of resource efficiency in the context of Industry 4.0, which presuppose the comprehensibility of design decisions across disciplinary boundaries.
The growing number of networked information technology system components in production not only increases the number of functions but also the energy consumption during production. A careful balance must be struck between the expansion of IT structures with additional components and the added value achieved (comfort, security, energy savings). A continuous examination of the resource efficiency of IT structures in production is only available for static, centrally controlled networks. However, the future belongs to open, dynamic networks without central control, whose analysis still presents a scientific challenge. Heterogeneous, open networks have to be considered, as the communication media and protocols are constantly changing due to technological developments.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. -Ing. Ulrich Rückert, CITEC, rueckert[at]cit-ec. uni-bielefeld. de, University of Bielefeld