Tomas Wickman

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Evaluation of communication

protocols between vehicle and


Evaluation of data transmission

overhead by communication protocols




Evaluation of communication

protocols between vehicle and


Evaluation of data transmission

overhead by communication


Tomas Wickman


Master’s Thesis


Gerald Q. Maguire Jr.

Academic adviser

Anders Västberg

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department of Communication Systems


This thesis project has studied a number of protocols that could be used to communicate between a vehicle and a remote server in the context of Scania’s connected services. While there are many factors that are of interest to Scania (such as response time, transmission speed, and amount of data overhead for each message), this thesis will evaluate each protocol in terms of how much data overhead is introduced and how packet loss affects this overhead. The thesis begins by giving an overview of how a number of alternative protocols work and what they offer with regards to Scania’s needs. Next these protocols are compared based on previous studies and each protocol’s specifications to determine which protocol would be the best choice for realizing Scania’s connected services. Finally, a test framework was set up using a virtual environment to simulate different networking conditions. Each of the candidate protocols were deployed in this environment and setup to send sample data. The behaviour of each protocol during these tests served as the basis for the analysis of all of these protocols. The thesis draws the conclusion that to reduce the data transmission overhead between vehicles and Scania’s servers the most suitable protocol is the UDP based MQTT-SN.



I den här rapporten har jag undersökt ett antal protokoll som kan användas för att kommunicera mellan server och lastbil och därmed användas för Scanias Connected Services. Då det är många faktorer som är intressanta när det kommer till kommunikation mellan lastbil och server för Scania som till exempel responstid, överföringshastighet och mängden extra data vid överföring så har jag valt att begränsa mig till att utvärdera protokollen utifrån hur mycket extra data de använder vid överföring och hur detta påverkas av paketförlust. Rapporten börjar med att ge en överblick över vilka tänkbara protokoll som kan användas och vad de kan erbjuda gällande Scanias behov. Efter det så jämförs protokollen baserat på tidigare studier och protokollens specifikationer för att avgöra vilket protokoll som är bäst lämpat att användas i Scanias Connected Services. Sists så skapas ett virtuellt ramverk för att simulera olike nätverksförhållanden. Här testas varje protokoll och får sända olike datamängder för att sedan få sin prestanda utvärderad baserat på hur mycket extra data som sändes. Dessa resultat ligger sedan till grund för den analys och slutsats angående vilket protokoll som är bäst lämpat att användas av Scania. Rapporten drar slutsatsen att baserat på den information som finns tillgänglig och de resultat som ficks av testerna så skulle den UDP baserade MQTT-SN vara bäst lämpad för att minimera mängden extra data som skickas.



I would like to thank Professor Gerald Q. Maguire Jr. for having written the draft thesis template to help bootstrap the writing process and for having a very helpful thesis webpage as well as providing valuable feedback which has helped immensely with the quality of the thesis.

I would also like to thank Håkan Nilsson and Ken Nordström for being very helpful supervisors that were always willing to take time to answer any questions I might have had.

My working college for this thesis project was Karl Strihagen whose thesis has the working title “Evaluation of publish/subscribe protocols”.

Finally I would like to thank Scania for providing me with the opportunity to do this thesis project.

Stockholm, June2016 Tomas Wickman


Abstract ... i

Keywords ... i

Sammanfattning ... iii

Nyckelord ... iii

Acknowledgments ... v

Table of contents ... vii

List of Figures ... xi

List of Tables ... xiii

List of acronyms and abbreviations ... xv


Introduction ... 1


Background ... 1


Problem definition ... 2


Purpose ... 3


Goals ... 3


Research Methodology ... 3


Network assumptions ... 3


Delimitations ... 4


Structure of the thesis ... 4


Background ... 5


Guarantee of delivery ... 5


At most once delivery ... 5


At least once delivery ... 6


Exactly once delivery ... 6


Underlying protocols ... 7


UDP ... 7


TCP ... 7


SCTP ... 11


Design paradigms ... 12


Publish/Subscribe ... 12


Request/Response ... 13


SCPv2 ... 13


Protocol background ... 14


Requirement specifications ... 14


MQTT ... 14


Methods ... 15


Quality of service ... 15


Durable subscriptions ... 15


Keep alive packets ... 15


Last will ... 16


MQTT Messaging overhead ... 16


MQTT-SN ... 16


Broker gateways ... 17



Topic ID registration ... 18


Keep alive message ... 18


CoAP ... 18


AMQP ... 19


AMQP Messaging overhead ... 20


AMQP v1.0 controversy ... 21


Related work ... 21


Broker comparisons ... 21


Comparison of MQTT and AMQP ... 22


Comparison of MQTT and CoAP ... 22


Fast and Secure Protocol (FASP) ... 23


Monitoring of other types of vehicles ... 23


SCPv2 Transmission data ... 23


Summary ... 25


Methodology ... 27


Research Process ... 27


Experimental Setup ... 27


Artificial Environment ... 27


Data Collection ... 30


Tests performed ... 30


Logging ... 30


Sample Size ... 31


Note about QoS ... 31


Experimental design ... 31


Test bed ... 31


Assessing the reliability and validity of the data to be

collected ... 32


Reliability ... 32


Validity ... 33


Test setup ... 35


Extra header data ... 35


Publisher applications ... 36


AMQP publisher application ... 36


MQTT publisher application ... 37


MQTT-SN publisher application ... 38


Automated scripting ... 39


Analysis ... 41


Major results ... 41


100B payload results ... 41


1kB payload results ... 44


10kB payload results ... 46


Reliability and validity ... 48


Discussion ... 48



Limitations ... 52


Future work ... 53


In vehicle testing ... 53


More protocols and brokers ... 53


Encryption ... 53


Scalability tests ... 54


IPv6 and header compression ... 54


Required reflections ... 54

References ... 55

Appendix A: Port configurations ... 59


Figure 1-1:

System Overview ... 2

Figure 2-1:

At most once delivery ... 5

Figure 2-2:

At least once delivery ... 6

Figure 2-3:

Exactly once delivery ... 7

Figure 2-4:

UDP header ... 7

Figure 2-5:

TCP header ... 8

Figure 2-6:

Slow start congestion window adjustment; points

represent received ACKs, adapted from [10] ... 9

Figure 2-7:

Fast Recovery Retransmission ... 9

Figure 2-8:

CUBIC growth graph ... 10

Figure 2-9:

SCTP Chunk layout ...11

Figure 2-10:

SCTP Common Header ...11

Figure 2-11:

Publish/Subscribe messaging pattern using a broker ... 12

Figure 2-12:

MQTT fixed header ... 16

Figure 2-13:

MQTT Publish variable header ... 16

Figure 2-14:

Transparent and aggregate gateway, adapted from Figure

5 of [21, p. 5] ... 17

Figure 2-15:

MQTT-SN header, adapted from [5, p. 7] ... 18

Figure 2-16:

AMQP General frame format, adapted from [24, p. 33] ... 20

Figure 2-17:

Method frame, adapted from [24, p. 34] ... 20

Figure 2-18:

Content Header and Body frames adapted from [24, p. 36] .. 21

Figure 3-1:

Artificial test environment ... 28

Figure 3-2:

Testbed overview ... 32

Figure 4-1:

Total amount of header data for each packet when

transmitting a single byte of application layer payload ... 35

Figure 5-1:

Total transmitted data for 1MB using 100B payloads and

QoS 1 ... 42

Figure 5-2:

Number of packets transmitted from client to server, 1MB

data, 100B payload, QoS 1 ... 42

Figure 5-3:

Total number of packets from server to client ... 43

Figure 5-4:

AMQP sample traffic ... 43

Figure 5-5:

AMQP TCP ACK flags ...44

Figure 5-6:

Total transmitted data for 1MB using 1kB payloads and

QoS 1 ... 45

Figure 5-7:

Number of packets transmitted from client to server, 1MB

data, 1kB payload, QoS 1 ... 45

Figure 5-8:

Number of packets transmitted from server to client, 1MB

data, 1kB payload, QoS 1 ...46

Figure 5-9:

Total transmitted data for 1MB using 1kB payloads and

QoS 1 ... 47

Figure 5-10:

Execution time for 1MB data, 10kB payload, QoS 1 ... 47

Figure 6-1:

Execution time for 1MB data, 1kB payload, QoS 1 with

10 ms retransmission time for MQTT-SN ... 52


Table 1-1:

Assumptions about network between vehicle and server

gateways ... 4

Table 2-1:

Traffic volumes for Telefonica, April 2016 ... 24

Table 2-2:

Sending rates and message sizes as specified by Scania ... 24

Table 3-1:

Desktop computer specifications ... 29

Table 3-2:

Virtual machine specifications ... 29

Table 3-3:

Summary of protocols, packet loss rates, and payload sizes

to be used for testing ... 31


ACK Acknowledgement (In the context of networks) AMQP Advanced Message Queue Protocol

BIC Binary Increase Congestion CAN bus Controller Area Network

CoAP Constrained Application Protocol cwnd congestion window

DNS Domain Name System ECU Electronic Control Unit FASP Fast and Secure Protocol FIFO First-in-first-out GPRS General Packet Radio Service

GSM Global System for Mobile Communication HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol

IETF Internet Engineering Task Force IoT Internet of Things

IP Internet Protocol

MQTT Message Queue Telemetry Transport

MQTT-SN Message Queue Telemetry Transport – Sensor Networks M2M Machine to Machine

MTU Maximum Transmission Unit QoS Quality of Service

OASIS Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards OTA Over the Air

REST Representational State Transfer RD Remote Diagnostics

RTO Retransmission TimeOut

SASL Simple Authentication and Security Layer SCPv2 Scania Communication Protocol version 2 SCTP Stream Control Transmission Protocol SMS Short Message Protocol

SSH Secure Shell

STS Tachograph message TCP Transmission Control Protocol TLS Transport Layer Security UDP User Datagram Protocol URI Uniform Resource Locator VM Virtual Machine


According to predictions made in a press release from 2014, Scania estimated that in 2015 it would have around 150 000-200 000 vehicles using its services [1]. According to a statement by Volkswagen, the current owner of Scania, Scania currently has approximately 170 000 connected vehicles sending data to Scania for processing and of these, 70 000 were added in 2015 [2]. If this growth continues, the number of Scania’s connected vehicles in 2020 is estimated to be around 600 000. This creates a demand for a scalable solution that can cope with the increasing amount of data that these vehicles (in the aggregate) will generate. Additionally, it is expected that the amount of data per vehicle will also increase over the amount transferred by a vehicle today. Currently, a vehicle is estimated to transmit approximately 91 kB per operating hour (see Table 2-2 on page 24.). While currently huge amounts of data are not being transferred, the increase in number of connected trucks and the expected increase in the number of services offered combined with the cost of transmission means that there is a substantial financial benefit for Scania in reducing the aggregate amount of transmitted data. Additionally, there is the limitation of data caps put in place by the different network providers. This data cap typically limits each truck to 10 MB of data transfer per day. As a result, the lower the protocol overhead, the more of this 10 MB/day that will be available for other services.

1.1 Background

Scania currently employs their own proprietary communication protocol called Scania Communication Protocol version 2 (SCPv2). This protocol is used for all communication between vehicles and Scania’s servers. The rapid growth in the number of connected vehicles has prompted Scania to investigate what alternative protocols are available and how they would perform in comparison to the current solution in order to ensure that they will be able to keep up with the increasing volume of traffic.

Figure 1-1 illustrates the current system. This figure gives an overview of how the communication is done. All of the sensors in a truck are connected via a Controller Area Network (CAN bus) for internal communication. The CAN busses are connected to a C200, or in newer trucks a C300, which resides in the cab of the truck. The C200/C300 is Scania’s proprietary Electronic Controller Unit (ECU). This ECU acts as a communication gateway from the truck to Scania’s servers, and to the truck from the servers. The use of a communication gateway decouples the internal and external communication protocols, thus making it easy to replace any of these communication protocols. This decoupling also allows different protocols to be used for different scenarios. The decoupling of the protocols also decouples the internal and external functionality offered by the ECU, further increasing the system’s flexibility. Improving the communication between these gateways and Scania’s server(s) through the use of new protocols will be the focus of this thesis.

With the current growth in the number of connected devices and the emergence of the so called Internet of Things (IoT), many protocols have been introduce that profile themselves as the best option for different kinds of connected devices. The two most prominent protocols are the Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) [3] protocol and the Advanced Message Queue Protocol (AMQP) [4]. Both of these protocols are being maintained by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) consortium. There is also the MQTT-SN variant of the MQTT protocol which profiles itself as a communication protocol for resource constrained network connected devices [5]. Meanwhile, the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) has been standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) [6].

Each of these protocols has its own advantages and disadvantages and has been created with different use cases in mind. The result is that each protocol is more or less suitable for use for communication between Scania made vehicles and Scania’s servers. This thesis project investigates how these alternative protocols behave with regards to data transmission overhead, particularly when packet loss increases.


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The purpose of this thesis project is to evaluate several different communication protocols in terms of how well they fit Scania’s requirement regarding communication between their servers and vehicles they provide their services for. The results should allow Scania to make an informed decision about the advantages and disadvantages of alternative protocols when deciding to upgrade from their current SCPv2 protocol.

1.4 Goals

The goal of this thesis project is evaluate different communication protocols for communication between Scania’s vehicles and server. This has been divided into the following two sub-goals:

1. Create a proof of concept message platform to allow communication between a virtual machine acting as server and a client using each of the investigated protocols. This will allow us to vary one variable (such as protocol used, percentage of packets dropped, and message size) at a time.

2. Evaluate each of the protocols on the basis of how they perform regarding overhead and how packet loss affects the amount of data transmitted.

1.5 Research Methodology

The original idea was that a prototype implementation of the protocol would be developed and then evaluated using a client application running inside a vehicle with a server application running on Scania’s servers. However, the system that was first thought to be quite modular with regard to the protocol turned out to be quite interconnected. This meant that the SCPv2 protocol implementation could not be easily replaced by the new protocol implementation. The alternative was to have the SCPv2 protocol use the new protocol via a gateway. However, this would affect the validity of the experimental data since the evaluation would only reveal how the alternative protocols behave as a gateway protocol for SCPv2. Additionally, the SCPv2 protocol is quite large, as well as proprietary, so this would affect both the quality of the experimental data as well as the quality of the thesis.

For the above reasons, the approach used for testing was to set up a virtual environment with an emulated network connection (between the gateway in the vehicle and the gateway in front of the Scania server. This emulated network makes it possible to completely control the network’s behaviour (in terms of delay, error rate, congestion, etc. ), hence the protocols will be tested in this controlled environment. While this would seem to be an artificial environment which is quite far from the network conditions that the actual Scania trucks are subject to, it allows for a more exact reasoning about how different network conditions affect the protocols. The main parameter we will focus on emulating is packet loss, since packet loss can be directly controlled and it impacts the amount of data transmitted by the different protocols. This test environment enables us to draw reliable conclusions based on the experimental data about how the protocols behave as the packet loss rate varies.

1.6 Network assumptions

According to internal measurements by Telefonica, a GSM network provider for Scania, during the month of April 2016 the average packet retransmission rate was around 0-4% depending on how packet loss is counted. Based on the number of outgoing ACK/NACK from the server to the vehicle the packet loss will be around 4% NACK’s, however a NACK could be due to a late packet or an indication of mismatched encryption keys and does not necessarily indicate packet loss. So if the number of packets sent from the c300 is instead compared to the number of ACK/NACKS sent from the server the packet loss rate is about one every ten millionth packet. In the end though any retransmission results in more traffic being sent over the network. So whether a retransmission is due to a late packet,


a packet loss or erroneous encryption keys does not matter for our experiments so the assumption will be that for the communication networks that Scania uses has a retransmission rate of about 4% on average. However, according to Scania the number of retransmissions is not the only network impairment that affects the communication between the vehicles and the servers. Another thing to consider is that trucks often operate in remote areas, such as mines, where the connection might be unstable or non-existent. Finally, the amount of data that can be transferred in a day is limited to 10 MB due to restrictions by the network provider. Table 1-1 summarizes the assumptions made about the network for the purposes of this thesis project. More about the SCPv2 background can be read in section 2.4.1.

Table 1-1: Assumptions about network between vehicle and server gateways GPRS transmission

Unstable connection High packet loss Limited amount of data

1.7 Delimitations

There exists a multitude of protocols that are marketed as solutions for networks where limiting the amount of data transmitted is a priority. However, due to the limited time available for this project the most well-known and widely adopted protocols for connected devices have been chosen to focus on. This choice was made because extensive research and testing has already been done on these protocols and due to an expressed interest by Scania as to the potential for cloud integration. Specifically the MQTT protocol, its sensor network variant (MQTT-SN), and AMQP have been chosen. Two additional protocols were also investigated, but were not tested: CoAP and the Fast and Secure Protocol (FASP). This latter protocol was of particular interest since the transfer of larger files over unstable networks with high retransmission rates was of interest to Scania.

1.8 Structure of the thesis

Chapter 2 introduces the basic terminology and principles of the investigated network messaging protocols. It describes how the underlying protocols work and how the design choices of these protocols affect their performance. This will allow the reader to understand and follow the reasoning regarding the results presented later in the thesis.

Chapter 3 explains the experimental setup that will be used and how the protocols will be evaluated using this experimental setup. Chapter 4 describes how the experimental setup and each of the protocols were implemented. Chapter 5 looks at the experimental results and discusses them in terms of what these results might mean for Scania. Finally, Chapter 6 concludes the thesis and suggests future work.


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synchronization [15]. This means that the publisher does not need to know who is listening, the subscriber and publisher do not need to be active at the same time and the publisher is not blocked while producing a new event. This is in contrast to a traditional server/client solution where the sender and receiver are tightly coupled and the server cannot send if the client is not receiving. This makes it ideal for disseminating data to subscribers via an unreliable and/or intermittent network connectivity where providing a guarantee that the other party is listening can be difficult.

Second, publish/subscribe is scalable due to its tree-based structure, since if the system needs to be scaled up more brokers can be added and the topics split between them, thus reducing the load on individual brokers.

However, there are disadvantages to using the publish/subscribe paradigm. One is that, even though it is loosely coupled regarding time, space, and synchronization; it is tightly coupled with regards to the published data. If a change is to be made in how the published data is represented, then the programmer will need to modify all the subscribers. Souleiman Hasan, Sean O'Riain, and Edward Curry are researching how to achieve decoupling with regards to data semantics by using approximate matchings [16].

2.3.2 Request/Response

The request/response (or request-reply) paradigm is a basic communication method between pairs of computers. It works by having one computer send a request to another computer. When the second computer receives the request it sends a response. The most well-known application of this design is the HTTP protocol in which a client requests a webpage from a server and the server responds with the requested document.

This paradigm is flexible in that it only requires a point-to-point communication channel over which the client sends a request to the server and the server responds to that client. However, HTTP could also use the publish/subscribe paradigm if requests and responses are sent to all interested parties [17].

The request/response model supports two modes for when the client waits for a response from the server. The first mode uses synchronous blocking, thus the sender sends a request to the server and then waits for a response. This allows a simple implementation, but can become problematic - since if a client crashes it will be problematic to re-establish the blocked thread*.

The other mode uses an asynchronous call-back where the client sends requests to the server and then sets up call-backs for the server. The client keeps one thread listening for reply messages from the server and one thread to serve the responses. This way, when a reply is received, the response invokes the call-back that was previously established. A client that uses this approach can easily recover if it were to crash by simply restarting the reply thread and continuing. This makes the asynchronous call-back more suitable than the synchronous approach when there is a need to be resilient to crashes; for example, when operating in a remote environment where a reset of the computer might be difficult to perform.

2.4 SCPv2

SCPv2 is the current communication protocol deployed by Scania for communication between the gateway in vehicles and the gateways at their server. A good understanding of the requirements of this protocol will be beneficial when comparing how other protocols perform in comparison with it.


Unfortunately, this protocol is proprietary, hence the protocol description will be brief (and lack any specific details).

However, there is a specification that Scania wants the new protocol to fulfil (see Section 2.4.2). Each of the protocols will be evaluated against this list of requirements to ensure that there no required feature is missing.

2.4.1 Protocol background

The original Scania Communication Protocol version one only supported sending data via Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) using the Short Message Service (SMS) protocol. SMS supports messages of up to 160 characters (including header and error detection code). However, as the amount of data being transferred between the vehicle and server grew, the need for a new protocol became evident. The two major requirements for version two of this protocol were:

1. Send a large amount of data in a single UDP packet to achieve low communication cost and 2. The choice of communication infrastructure should be independent of the data being sent

from one application to another.

In the second version of the protocol, SMS was only used to wake up the system after which the vehicle gateway connected to one of Scania’s Domain Name System (DNS) Servers to obtain an IP address of one of Scania’s servers. Subsequently all communication to/from this server was done over UDP using General Packet Radio Service (GPRS).

2.4.2 Requirement specifications

Scania’s requirements for version two of the protocol and all subsequent implementations are: 1. All communication must be done over a secure encrypted connection.

2. The protocol should be able to handle files of up to 64MB in size. This includes being able to resume transmission of such a large file should connectivity be lost.

3. The protocol shall guarantee at-least-once delivery.

For each protocol that will be evaluated in this thesis these requirements will be verified. It should be noted that except for requirement 3, these requirements are not necessarily provided by the protocol itself – as the functionality could be provided by a lower layer transport protocol or the application layer; however, while not a metric for our evaluation, the discussion will talk about how difficult it was to set up each of the protocols along with its respective broker.

2.5 MQTT

MQTT is a publish/subscribe protocol running on top of TCP and was originally developed in 1999. In 2013, it was turned over to the OASIS organization. The current OASIS standard version of MQTT is 3.1.1 and this version was approved on the 29th of October 2014 [18].

MQTT was designed to be a light-weight, open, simple, and easy to implement protocol which would make it ideal for use in the context of Machine to Machine (M2M) communication and IoT [3]. MQTT has been deployed for a number of real world applications. These applications, most notably Facebook messenger and Amazon Web Services IoT, show that MQTT delivers on its promises [19, 20].


In accordance with MQTT’s aim to be easy to implement, the number of methods defined by MQTT for interacting with a specific resource are only five*:

Connect After a network connection has been established between a client and a server the first message must be a CONNECT packet that sends identifying information about the client to the server.

Keep alive Specifies how long the client can go without publishing a message before being disconnected. Set on connect.

Disconnect Waits for the client to finish its work and for the TCP session to terminate. Subscribe Sends a SUBSCRIBE message from the client to the server to create

subscriptions for one or more topics.

Unsubscribe Sends a UNSUBSCRIBE message from the client to the server to unsubscribe from one or more topics.

Publish Sends a PUBLISH message from client to server or from server to client to transport a message.

2.5.2 Quality of service

MQTT allows the user to specify different Quality of Service (QoS) levels depending on what is needed. The protocol defines three QoS levels that correspond to three different levels of delivery guarantees. Sending a message with a QoS of zero will result in a message with “at most once” delivery (there is no follow up of the sent message). A message sent with a QoS of one will result in a message with an “at least once” delivery guarantee with an ACK being sent for each message delivered. Finally, a QoS level of two will result in “exactly once” delivery. To offer actual “exactly once” delivery MQTT uses the message ID to filter out duplicate messages as discussed in [7] and illustrated in Figure 2-3 on page 7.

2.5.3 Durable subscriptions

It is possible for the client to specify when it connects whether its connection is a durable or a non-durable connection by setting a “Clean session” flag in the CONNECT message (setting the flag to false will enable a durable connection). If the client chooses to use a durable connection, then the broker will store undelivered messages if the client disconnects and the broker will subsequently try to deliver these saved messages as soon as the client connects again.

In contrast, for a non-durable connection the lifetime of the subscription is limited to the time the client is connected to the broker

2.5.4 Keep alive packets

When a client connects to a server it specifies a Keep Alive value. This is a 16-bit value that specifies, in seconds, how long a client can go without either publishing a message to the server or sending a PING request. If the client does not do one of these operations within one and a half times the Keep Alive value, then the server will consider the client disconnected and remove all of its subscriptions.


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POST, PUT, and DELETE methods. CoAP is designed to easily translate to HTTP. There are even guidelines from IETF on how to map CoAP to HTTP [25]. However, although CoAP is designed to resemble HTTP in many ways, it differs in many others due to the requirements that a constrained device puts on it.

The biggest difference between HTTP and CoAP is that CoAP is a UDP based protocol. This is to avoid the overhead that TCP entails (which a constrained device wants to avoid).

CoAP offers two options regarding delivery guarantees. These are “at-most once delivery” and “at-least once” delivery. These are referred to as “non-confirmable” messages and “confirmable” messages in the CoAP specification. Confirmation requires the receiver of a message to send an ACK when it receives the message.

2.8 AMQP

AMQP is a protocol that communicates via publish/subscribe and operates on top of TCP. It was originally developed in 2003 by John O’Hara at JPMorgan Chase and iMatix with aim of creating an interoperable message system that was non-proprietary and could be used as a standard messaging protocol for investment banks [26].

Unlike MQTT, AMQP was not designed to have a small code footprint or an easy to use interface, but rather AMQP was designed to be feature rich and high performance. Additionally, it is not simply a messaging protocol, but also defines its own type system to ensure interoperability between client and server.

Since AMQP was created to be used as a standard messaging protocol for a wide range of different users it supports a wide variety of messaging applications and communication patterns through a common interface. As a consequence, AMQP is a large protocol that is feature rich and allows for a lot of customization. However, going into detail about each feature of this protocol is outside the scope of this thesis. A short summary of the functionality that AMQP offers follows [4, p. 2]:

Types AMQP has its own type system that defines a set of primitives that can be used to ensure interoperability between sender and receiver. These primitive values can then be associated with semantic information when sent in a message that tells the receiver how to interpret the value. For example, a string could be sent with the associated information that it is to be interpreted as a URL.

Transport The conceptual model of an AMQP network is that it is a network of nodes connected via links. These nodes can either be sender, relays, or receivers. The link between nodes is a unidirectional communication channel which connects to the node’s “terminus”. This terminus can be either a source or a target depending on the role of the node.

Each node is responsible for the safe storage and delivery of messages to the next node. The link protocol between the nodes ensures that the message and responsibility are correctly transferred between nodes.

The nodes exist within containers which can, for example, be brokers or clients. For example, a broker container can consists of many queue nodes that store messages. These messages are subsequently relayed to the appropriate client container, which in turn contains a consumer node and a queue node.





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