Fair-Queued Ethernet for Medical Applications

Stephan Pöhlsen, Frank Franz, Kai Kück, Jörg Uwe Meyer, Christian Werner


Ethernet is becoming an accepted standard for more and more medical applications. It is a best-effort network standard without any transmission guarantees. However, in medical applications real-time transmission guarantees are getting more and more important. In this paper we discuss typical performance bottlenecks in medical networks and present an easy to implement solution to this problem. A fair-queued Ethernet switch with max-min fair scheduling is used to achieve transmission guarantees even in the presence of ill-behaved sources. This approach only replaces the switch hardware and thus works with unmodified hard-and software in end nodes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 Seventh IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications
Number of pages8
Publication date19.09.2008
Article number4579651
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3192-2
Publication statusPublished - 19.09.2008
Event7th IEEE International Symposium on Networking Computing and Applications - Cambridge, United States
Duration: 10.07.200812.07.2008
Conference number: 73523


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