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1. (WO2017097703) ACTIVE TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT OF NETWORK RESOURCES.
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CLAIMS:

1. Management unit (201) for controlling the workload of a plurality of intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) capable of forwarding data or capable of forwarding data and power in an application control network (300), wherein each intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) comprises one or more ports (121-126), each connectable to a respective application control component (301-305) and/or to a further intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5); the application control network (300) comprises the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices and a plurality of application control components, wherein the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices are connected so as to forward data or forward data and power through its connected ports to the plurality of application control components, the management unit comprising:

a monitoring unit for determining an individual temperature characteristic of each intermediate forwarding device (102; SI -SI 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) operated in a predetermined configuration;

a prediction unit for extrapolating a maximum workload for each intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) based on the temperature

characteristics and the respective predetermined configuration;

a control unit for receiving information on a plurality of communication path configurations, the communication path configurations describing respective configurations of communication paths along the intermediate forwarding devices (102; SI -SI 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) through the application control network (300) to one or more application control components (301-305) as required by an application scene determined in an application plan (204),

wherein the control unit is configured to select a particular communication path configuration that keeps the workload of each intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) below the maximum workload and to assist in applying the communication path configuration to the intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) for the duration of the application scene.

2. Management unit (201) according to claim 1, wherein at least one of the application control components (301-306) is powered over Ethernet via a port (121-126) of one of the intermediate forwarding devices (102).

3. Management unit (201) according to claim 1, wherein the monitoring unit is configured to receive measurement and operation data samples from each intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5), wherein the measurement and operation data samples are taken over a predetermined time interval during commissioning and/or during normal operation of the application control network (300), and wherein the operation data comprises a number of ports in use and the measurement data comprises an end temperature and an accumulated power provided over all ports of the intermediate forwarding device.

4. Management unit (201) according to claim 1, wherein, if the control unit determines that there is no suitable communication path configuration that keeps the respective workload of the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) below the respective maximum workloads, the control unit is configured to

(i) decrease a power output to one or more ports (121-126) of a selected intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5), and/or

(ii) switch off one or more ports (121-126) of a selected intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5); and/or

(iii) switch off a selected intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) and/or

(iv) schedule a power output to a first group of one or more application control components (fl) associated with a selected intermediate forwarding device (S5) to start when a power output to a second group of one or more application control components (LI, L2, L3, L4) associated with the selected intermediate forwarding device (S5) has finished wherein a first application scene associated with the first group of one or more application control components (fl) and a second application scene associated with the second group of one or more application control components (LI, L2, L3, L4) overlap in time.

5. Management unit (201) according to claim 1, wherein, if the control unit determines that there is no suitable communication path configuration that keeps the respective workloads of the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) below the respective maximum workloads, the control unit is configured to provide a warning notification.

6. Management unit (201) according to claim 1, wherein the selected

communication path configuration as selected by the control unit further provides a predetermined level of redundancy, a predetermined level of availability, a predetermined level of service of quality or a combination thereof.

7. Management unit (201) according to claim 1, wherein the application scene defines a minimal power level for one or more application control components and wherein, if it is determined that there is no suitable communication path configuration that keeps the respective workloads of the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices below the respective maximum workloads, the control unit is configured to decrease a power output to one or more ports of a selected intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) attached to the one or more application control component (301-305) down to the minimal power levels as set out in the application scene.

8. Method for controlling the workload of a plurality of intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) capable of forwarding data or capable of forwarding data and power in an application control network (300), wherein each

intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) comprises one or more ports (121-126) each connectable to a respective application control component (301-305) and/or a further intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5); the application control network (300) comprises the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices and a plurality of application control components, wherein the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices are connected so as to forward data or forward data and power through its connected ports to the plurality of application control components, the method comprising:

determining an individual temperature characteristic of each intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) operated in a predefined configuration;

extrapolating a maximum workload for each intermediate forwarding device

(102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PRl-PR5)based on the temperature characteristics and the respective predefined configuration;

receiving information on a plurality of communication path configurations, the communication path configurations describing respective configurations of communication paths along the intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) through the application control network (300) to one or more application control components (301-305) as required by an application scene determined in an application plan (204), and

selecting a particular communication path configuration from the plurality of communication path configurations that keeps the workload of each intermediate forwarding device (102; SI -SI 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) below the maximum workload and assisting in applying the communication path configuration to the intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) for the duration of the application scene.

9. Method according to claim 8, wherein at least one of the application control components (301-305) is powered over Ethernet via a port (121-126) of one of the intermediate forwarding devices (102).

10. Method according to claim 8, wherein determining an individual temperature characteristic of each intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) comprises receiving measurement and operation data samples from each intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5), wherein the measurement and operation data samples are taken over a predetermined time interval during commissioning and/or during normal operation of the application control network (300), and wherein the operation data comprises a number of ports in use and the measurement data comprises an end temperature and an accumulated power provided over all ports of the intermediate forwarding device.

11. Method according to claim 8, wherein, if it is determined that there is no suitable communication path configuration that keeps the respective workload of the plurality of intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) below the respective maximum workloads, the method comprises

(i) decreasing power output to one or more ports (121-126) of overloaded selected intermediate forwarding device(102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5), and/or

(ii) switching off one or more ports (121-126) of overloaded selected intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5); and/or

(iii) switching off a selected intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl l; S20, S21; PR1-PR5); and/or

(iv) scheduling a power output to a first group of one or more application

control components (fl) associated with a selected intermediate forwarding device (S5) to start when a power output to a second group of one or more application control components (LI, L2, L3, L4) associated with the selected intermediate forwarding device (S5) has finished wherein a first application scene associated with the first group of one or more application control components (fl) and a second application scene associated with the second group of one or more application control components (LI, L2, L3, L4) overlap in time.

12. Method according to claim 8, wherein, if it is determined that there is no suitable communication path configuration that keeps the respective workloads of the plurality of intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) below the respective maximum workloads, the method comprises providing a warning notification.

13. Method according to claim 8, wherein the selected particular communication path configuration further provides a predetermined level of redundancy, a predetermined level of availability, a predetermined level of service of quality or a combination thereof.

14. Method according to claim 8, wherein the application scene defines a minimal power level for one or more application control components and wherein, if it is determined that there is no suitable communication path configuration that keeps the respective workloads of the plurality of intermediate forwarding device below the respective maximum workloads, the method comprises decreasing a power output to one or more ports of a selected intermediate forwarding device (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) attached to the one or more application control component (301-305) down to the minimal power levels as set out in the application scene.

15. A computer program for controlling the workload of a plurality of

intermediate forwarding devices (102; Sl-Sl 1; S20, S21; PR1-PR5) capable of forwarding data or capable of forwarding data and power in an application control network (300), the computer program being executable in a processing unit, the computer program comprising program code means for causing the processing unit to carry out a method as defined in claims 8-14, when the computer program is executed in the processing unit.